Fonds - Records of the Office of the Chief Economist

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WB IBRD/IDA DEC

Title

Records of the Office of the Chief Economist

Date(s)

  • 1946 - 2003 (predominant 1972 - 1993) (Creation)

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Fonds

Extent and medium

371.30 linear feet of textual records

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Records were transferred to the World Bank Group Archives using an approved records retention and disposition schedules assigned to DEC or a Bank-wide schedule for common records.

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Scope and content

Records created by the Office of the Vice President (later Senior Vice President), Development Economics and Chief Economist (DECVP) comprise the bulk of the records in Fonds 14. Prior to the creation of DECVP in 1987, responsibility for directing economic research to provide insights into the development process rested with the persons serving as the Economic Adviser to the President in the 1960s and early 1970s, and later with the offices of the Vice President, Development Policy (VPD) and the Vice President, Economics and Research Staff (VPERS) whose records are part of this fonds. Files for both approved and rejected research projects in planning and development policy, population and human resources, industry and trade, and sector studies that were maintained in the offices of VPD, VPERS, and DECVP are included in this fonds.

This fonds also contains a small volume of records of the Bank's Economic Development Institute and records of the Bank's representatives to international organizations concerned with the development process: the Berne Union, the Paris Club, and U.N. organizations at Geneva, Switzerland. Also included are records of economist Bela Belassa who served from September 1966 to May 1991 as consultant to the Economic Advisers to the President, VPD, VPERS, and DECVP.

The following officials served during the period 1964 to 2003 in predecessor organizations or positions whose functions became part of DECVP in the 1987 Bank reorganization and as DECVP following that reorganization:

Economic Advisers


  • Irving Friedman: 1964 - 1970


  • Hollis B. Chenery: 1970 - 1972

Vice President, Development Policy (VPD)


  • Hollis B. Chenery: November 1972 - February 1982

Vice President, Economics and Research Staff (VPERS)


  • Hollis B. Chenery: February 1982 - August 1982


  • Anne Krueger: August 1982 - December 1986


  • Benjamin B. King (Acting): January 1987 - May 1987

Vice President and Chief Economist (DECVP)


  • Stanley Fischer: 1988 - 1990


  • Lawrence Summers: 1991 - 1993


  • Michael Bruno: 1993 - 1996


  • Joseph E. Stiglitz: 1997 - 2000


  • Sir Nicholas H. Stern: 2000 - 2003.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Accruals

Accurals are expected.

System of arrangement

Records are arranged in three sub-fonds:


  • WB IBRD/IDA DEC-01 Records of the Office of the Vice President, Development Policy (VPD) and the Development Policy Staff


  • WB IBRD/IDA DEC-02 Records of the Economics and Research Staff (ERS)


  • WB IBRD/IDA DEC-03Records of the Vice President, Development Economics and Chief Economist and later Senior Vice President, Development Economics and Chief Economist (DECVP)

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Conditions governing access

Records are subject to the World Bank Policy on Access to Information.

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Records are subject to the Copyright Policy of the World Bank Group.

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  • Records of individual staff members (WB IBRD/IDA STAFF); Records of individual staff members -- Benjamin B. King files (WB IBRD/IDA STAFF-05); Records of individual staff members -- Ernest Stern files (WB IBRD/IDA STAFF-10); Records of individual staff members -- Vinod Dubey files (WB IBRD/IDA STAFF-14).


  • Robert W. Oliver collection on George D. Woods (WB IBRD/IDA WOODS); Robert W. Oliver collection on George D. Woods -- Interviews for George D. Woods biography (WB IBRDIDA WOODS-02).


  • See Records of the Office of the Historian -- Records of the World Bank History Project -- Interviews (WB IBRD/IDA HIST-01-10) for: interview with Benjamin B. King; interview with Shankar N. Acharya; notes of an interview and interview with Nancy Birdsall; interview with Attila Karaosmanoglu; interview with Lyn Squire; notes of an interview and interview with Ernest Stern; interview with Suman Bery; interview with Gregory Ingram; notes of an interview and interview with Vinod Dubey; notes of an interview with Stanley Fisher; interview with Wilfried Thalwitz; and notes of an interview with D.C. Rao.

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Internal World Bank Group Archives rules based on ISAD(G).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

14 October 2011

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