Tim Cheston

Tim Cheston

Senior Manager, Applied Research
Tim Cheston

Timothy Cheston joined the Center for International Development's Growth Lab as a Research Fellow in 2014.

Prior to joining CID, Tim worked for the World Bank in the Social Protection and Labor team for the Latin America and Caribbean region, where he led in the design, negotiation, and supervision of major social protection and labor projects and research in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Bolivia, and Belize. His experience also includes research on the use of psychometric screening tools for small business financing in South Africa with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Africa. He also serves on the Board of Empowerment Health, an NGO providing community-based maternal and child health services in Afghanistan. Previously, Tim led remittance research with the Inter-American Dialogue, worked on microfinance with FINRURAL in Bolivia, and lived in the Dominican Republic, serving undocumented Haitian immigrants through the Dominican Literacy Project.

His research interests focus on: the role of economic diversification in explaining differences in growth between countries as within them; the use of growth diagnostics to formulate more effective economic strategy-making to unlock structural transformation processes; and the formulation of inclusive growth via productive development policies that better integrate the poor into high-productivity activities.

Tim holds a BA in the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs from Princeton University and a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Current Research/Projects Areas of Expertise
Economic Diversification & Growth Diagnostics in Saudi Arabia Economic Complexity & Diversification
Productive Development Strategy in Colombia Growth Diagnostics

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John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Cambridge, MA 02138

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