Gbetonmasse B. Somasse
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Ph.D. Economics, 2015
M.S. Economic Statistics, 2001
B.A. Statistics, 1996

Dr. Gbetonmasse Somasse is an economist and applied econometrician with field experience as a development practitioner. He is  an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies. Prior to joining WPI, he was an instructor at Clark University. He also served as senior economist statistician at the Central Bank of West African States and a consultant for the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the United Nations Development Program.

His research is mostly policy-oriented and focuses on how economic theory and empirical research provide insights to improve development strategies. His main interests are in applied policy, program evaluation, and international development with research topics such as education, technology, environment, poverty and inequality, labor markets, and Africa.

In the classroom, he serves as a bridge and a facilitator to help learners connect the dots between what they already knew and new material they are learning, so that they can synthesize knowledge almost by themselves. This strategy enables them to feel more confident and understand how they can learn independently. Dr. Somasse leverages his communication skills and his passion for statistics and economics to inspire and motivate students in his classes to become critical thinkers and problem-solvers, through experiential, team-based, and project-based learning activities. He enjoys motivating engineering students to understand the world’s socio-economic challenges so that they may better contribute to addressing human needs and social justice.  

At WPI, he teaches many economics courses including Introductory microeconomics, Introductory macroeconomics, Development economics, Environmental economics, and Econometrics. He enjoys advising off-campus and serves as Director for the Cape Town Project Center.

Dr. Somasse holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Clark University with a specialization in development economics and applied econometrics. He also holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Statistics.

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1: No Poverty

SDG 1: No Poverty - End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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SDG 4: Quality Education

SDG 4: Quality Education - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

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SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

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Professional Highlights & Honors
E. C. H. Veendorp Award for best field paper, 2012
Clark University
Young Scholar Program Fellowship, 2014
World Bank
Elba Brown-Collier Award, 2015
Association for Social Economics
Junior Fellow, 2021
Pan-African Scientific Research Council