Dirk Wolfson (1933) is Professor of Economics Emeritus, staying on as research fellow, at the Department of Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Dirk J. Wolfson holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Amsterdam. In the 1960s, he served with the IMF, lastly as resident representative in Monrovia, Liberia. From 1970-1975, he was a division chief and, later, Chief Economist at the Dutch Treasury. In 1975, he was appointed full professor of public finance at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He left in 1986, to become rector of the Institute of Social Studies, a graduate school of development studies in The Hague, now associated with Erasmus University. In 1989, he was elected a member of the Netherlands' Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 1990-1998, he was a senior advisor in the PM's office and held a chair in economics at Erasmus again. Upon retirement, he stayed on as a research fellow and served a term in the Senate for the Labour Party.
He consulted for Dutch government, EU, UN, World Bank and OECD. During the 1980s, he served on the Board of three large financial multinationals and, during the 1990-ies, on the Board of the Dutch Central Bank. In the summer of 2006, he went back to Liberia to help draft the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper that IMF/WB require to resume assistance.