Charles McPherson

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Honorary Lecturer


Dr McPherson is a Tax Policy Adviser in the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund, with particular responsibilities for fiscal and financial policies in natural resource-rich countries. Prior to taking up his position at the Fund in 2007, he was Senior Adviser on Oil and Gas at the World Bank.

His work at the Bank focused on petroleum sector reform and sector lending activities in a wide range of countries.He also managed the Bank's participation in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Before joining the Bank, Dr. McPherson spent 15 years at two international oil companies, holding a variety of senior positions in international negotiations and government agreements.

He received his B.A. in economics and political science from McGill University, M.Sc. in international economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. He is a Canadian and British citizen.


Extractive Industries Revenue Management (CP52040)

The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing countries with major oil, gas and/or mining resources.

The course will examine the nature and extent of the “Resource Curse” or “Paradox of Plenty”, technical and political causal factors, possible remedies and the role of different stakeholders in their implementation.