Keith Griffin (economist)

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Keith B. Griffin

Keith B. Griffin (born 1938 in Colon, Panama) is an economist, whose specialty is the economics of poverty reduction .[1]

From 1979 to 1988 he was President of Magdalen College, Oxford,[2] and he remains an honorary fellow there.[3] During his presidency of Magdalen College, he and Senior Bursar R. W. Johnson worked to rescue the finances and buildings of the college, an effort described in Johnson's 2015 book Look Back in Laughter: Oxford's Postwar Golden Age.[4] Griffin was the second American to ever serve as President of an Oxford college, and the youngest since World War II.[5]

After serving as President, he chaired the department of Economics at the University of California's Riverside campus.[6]

Griffin originally studied at Oxford at Balliol College as a Marshall Scholar after graduating from Williams College.[6]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Keith Griffin (Editor); Mark D. Brenner; Keith Griffin; Takayoshi Kusago; Amy Ickowitz; Terry McKinley. Poverty Reduction in Mongolia. Asia Pacific Press (2003)[7]
  • Keith Griffin, The political economy of agrarian change: an essay on the green revolution. New York. Macmillan. 1979. 268 pages
  • Keith Griffin, Alternative Strategies for Economic Development, New York, Macmillan, 1999, 269 pages


  1. ^ Keith B. Griffin, James K. Boyce. Human development in the era of globalization: essays in honor of Keith B Griffin. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Fifty Seventh Annual Report: Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission" (PDF). p. 14. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
  3. ^ "Professor Keith B. Griffin". Magdalen College. Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
  4. ^ Threshold Press, 2015, especially pages 195-220.
  5. ^ Kristof, Nicholas D. (1 June 1982). "Keith Griffin, the Yank at Oxford". Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b Arestis, Philip; Sawyer, Malcolm C. (1 January 2001). "A Biographical Dictionary of Dissenting Economists". Edward Elgar Publishing. Retrieved 4 December 2017 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Book review Danny Yee's Book Reviews (May 2005) ISBN 978-0731536955 Retrieved January 11, 2011