Charles Kenny

Charles Kenny spent fifteen years as an economist in the World Bank, travelling the planet from Baghdad and Kabul to Brasilia and Beijing. He now works at a Washington DC think tank, the Center for Global Development, where he researches and advocates for policies governing investment, trade, technology and migration that would be good for both developing and industrialized countries alike. In addition, he is a widely cited researcher on the economics of happiness. He has a history degree from Cambridge University, Masters degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a PhD from Cambridge University.

Charles was a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine and a columnist for Bloomberg Business¸ where he wrote on global development and its impact on the US. He also writes for outlets including the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, Politico, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Time, the Guardian, Vox, Salon and CNN.

He keeps a personal blog at

Books in order of publication:

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Utility: Happiness in Philosophical and Economic Thought – 2006

Overselling the Web?: Development and the Internet – 2010

Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding–And How We Can Improve the World Even More – 2011

The Upside of Down: Why the Rise of the Rest is Good for the West – 2014

Close the Pentagon: Rethinking National Security for a Positive Sum World – 2020

The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease – 2021

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