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Mark Sturton

Economist

MARK STURTON has pursued a career in the macroeconomics of small developing nations predominantly in the Pacific Island region. In Lesotho he has been the team leader of the DIMMoL project designed to assist the government in the development of a set of economic models to improve budget formulation, economic management and policy making. His PhD was in the development of a CGE model for Fiji and the impact of alternative development policies. He has built CGE models for Vanuatu, Tonga, the Federated State of Micronesia (FSM) and Lesotho. He also constructed SAMs for the same set of economies plus Cyprus (World Bank), and Samoa

In the FSM he worked as team leader of the Economic Management and Policy Advisory Team a project designed to assist the FSM in adjustment to lower levels of US assistance, and switching the economic engine of growth from the public sector to private sector. He has supported post evaluation of Asian Development Bank structural adjustment loans to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and Cook Islands, and evaluation of PFTAC, the IMF administered Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre. He assists the US Graduate School in an annual assessment of economic performance of the RMI and FSM required under the Compact of Free Association between the two nations and the US.

He has worked on the Asian Development Bank Pacific Island Economic Report series for Vanuatu. He worked as Director of Research in the central banks of Fiji and Tonga; the later under long-term IMF support. He worked at the Pacific Island Development Program of the East West Center in Hawaii as a research associate working on Pacific Island economic issues. He has held team leadership and management positions in Lesotho, the FSM, Tonga and Fiji.

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