Archaeology and Economic Development 2012

Dr. Johannes Linn

Dr. Johannes F. Linn is Senior Resident Scholar at the Emerging Markets Forum and Non-resident Senior Fellow of the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution.

Dr. Linn has previously served for 30 years at the World Bank in various regions and positions (1973-2003). For a number of years he worked on urban development issues and as senior economist for East Asia, and subsequently a manager in the Bank’s research department. After serving as Vice President for Financial Policy and Resource Mobilization he was appointed Vice President for Europe and Central Asia. From 2003 to 2005 Linn was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution and from 2005-2010 served as Director of the Wolfensohn Center and Senior Fellow at Brookings. From 2004-2011 he served on the Board of Trustees of the Global Heritage Fund and chaired the Board’s Program and Planning Committee.

Dr. Linn’s interests currently are focused on research and advisory work regarding issues of global governance, regional cooperation in Central Asia, aid effectiveness, urban development policy, and cultural heritage preservation. He has published Cities in the Developing World: Policies for Their Equitable and Efficient Growth (1983) and Urban Public Finance in Developing Countries (1992). He also was the Project Leader and Lead Author for the UNDP’s Central Asia Human Development Report (2005), and co-editor of Global Governance Reform: Breaking the Stalemate (2007, with Colin Bradford). He also co-edited Central Asia and the Caucasus: At the Crossroads of Eurasia in the 21st Century (2011, with Werner Hermann). His recent publications can be found at He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University.

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