John Page obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and his Doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has published over 100 articles in the field of economic development and authored several books, including Industries without Smokestacks: Industrialization in Africa Reconsidered (Oxford 2018), Made in Africa: Learning to Compete in Industry (Brookings Institution Press: 2016), Manufacturing Transformation: Comparative Studies of Industrial Development in Africa and Emerging Asia (Oxford, 2016), and Breaking in and Moving Up: Industrial Challenges for the Bottom Billion and the Middle Income Countries (UNIDO: 2009).
John Page is a Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
He is the Country Director for Tanzania in the International Growth Centre, London, and adjunct professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan. He is also a research associate of the Center for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University and the Oxford Centre for the Study of Resource Rich Economies. He has previously served as a consultant to the African Development Bank, the Global Development Network, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the United Nations Industrial Development Program (UNIDO), USAID and the World Bank.
Dr. Page worked at the World Bank from 1980-2008, where his senior positions included: Director, Poverty Reduction; Director, Economic Policy; Chief Economist and Director, Economic and Social Development, Middle East and North Africa and Chief Economist, Africa. Prior to his appointment at the World Bank, he was a member of the faculty at Princeton University. He has held visiting professorships at Princeton, the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and at Georgetown University.