Gordon Carlos McCord

Director of Economic Policy
Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development
Columbia University

Assistant Professor
School of International Relations & Pacific Studies
University of California, San Diego


Gordon McCord at Live 8 concert (Philadelphia, 2005)

Policy Advising at the Earth Institute




Academic Publications

"Deployment of community health workers across rural sub-Saharan Africa: financial considerations and operational assumptions," (with Anne Liu and Prabhjot Singh), Bulletin of the World Health Organization 91:244-253, 2012.
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"Scaling Up Malaria Control in Africa: An Economic and Epidemiological Assessment," (with Awash Teklehaimanot and Jeffrey D. Sachs), American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 77(Suppl 6), December 2007.
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“Ending Africa’s Poverty Trap,” (with Jeffrey D. Sachs, John W. McArthur, Guido Schmidt-Traub, Margaret Kruk, Chandrika Bahadur, and Michael Faye), Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 1:2004.
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“Travel Time and Monetarization in Rural Peru,” The Harvard College Economist, Vol. 2 Issue 1, Spring 2002. 

Chapters in Books

"Extreme poverty," with Jeffrey D. Sachs, in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume, eds. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
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"Regional development, geography of," with Jeffrey D. Sachs, in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Second Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
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“Understanding African Poverty: Beyond the Washington Consensus to the Millennium Development Goals Approach,” with Jeffrey D. Sachs and Wing Thye Woo, in Africa in the World Economy: The National, Regional, and International Challenges.  Fondad: The Hague, 2005.
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Foreword (co-authored with Jeffrey D. Sachs) to Antezana, Oscar, La Reducción de la Pobreza: Un Proceso Político, Plural: La Paz, 2005.

Media and Other Publications

"One Million Community Health Workers: Technical Task Force Report," The Earth Institute, Columbia University, 2011.

"Malaria: The Cost of Making the Poor Pay," with Jeffrey D. Sachs and Awash Teklehaimanot, SciDev.net, October 31, 2005. 
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“Time for Chile’s Next Step in Economic Development,” with Jeffrey D. Sachs, Business Chile, November 2004.
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Working Papers

"Fertilizing Growth: Agricultural Inputs and their Effects in Economic Development" with John W. McArthur.
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"Improving Empirical Estimation of Demographic Drivers: Fertility, Child Mortality & Malaria Ecology," with Dalton Conley and Jeffrey D. Sachs.  Social Science Research Network Working Paper.  July 2010. 
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"Development, Structure, and Transformation: Some Evidence on Comparative Economic Growth" with Jeffrey D. Sachs. NBER Working Paper 19512, October 2013.
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"Modeling Malaria Ecology under Climate Change"
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"Spatial Modeling of Indian Agriculture, Economic Activity and Population under Climate Change"

"Geographic Determinants of Chinese Urbanization" wwith Peter Christensen.
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"Africa's Lagging Demographic Transition: Evidence from Exogenous Impacts of Malaria Ecology and Agricultural Technology," with Dalton Conley and Jeffrey D. Sachs.  National Bureau of Economics Research Working Paper No. 12892.  February 2007.
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Millennium Village Simulation

Millennium Village Simulation:  The MV Sim was created as a teaching tool to help students appreciate the complexity of meeting the Millennium  Development Goals in a rural African setting, and to experience the interdisciplinary nature of sustainable development.


Malaria Ecology Index from Kiszewski et al  (2004) in raster format for GIS.

Population at risk of malaria over time (used in Conley, McCord and Sachs [2007]).  Country-level data in Stata format.