James E. Foster

Professor of Economics and International Affairs

George Washington University



Contact Information

Elliott School of International Affairs

1957 E St., NW

Suite 502

Washington, DC 20052

Email: fosterje@gwu.edu

Phone: (202) 994-8195

Fax: (202) 994-5477


Ph.D. Cornell University


Development economics

Inequality and poverty

Economic theory and policy



    James Foster is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. His publications span the fields of economic development, public economics, and economic theory. Current research topics include the measurement of multidimensional poverty, robustness of multidimensional comparisons, poverty and time, the ultra poor, mobility and the middle class, and the role of aspirations in economic development.