Bachelor, University Cambridge, 1968. Master of Philosophy, Yale University, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1977.
Fellow Yale University, New Haven, 1968—1972. Research economist Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, New York City, 1971. Lecturer in economics London School of Economics and Political Science, 1972—1973, University Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, 1973—1976.
Assistant professor economics Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1976—1981, associate professor, 1981—1986, professor economics, since 1986, associate dean College Social Sciences, 1985—1991, director interdisciplinary program social science, 1985—1989, interim dean College Social Sciences, 1986—1987, director graduate program in economics, 1992—1997, chairman department economics, 1997—2006, vice chairman faculty senior steering committee, 2002—2005, president, faculty senate and trustee, 2005—2007. Invited senior research fellow, Institute South African Studies National University Lesotho, 1981—1982. Consultant in field.
Captain 1st and 3rd Trinity Boat Club, Cambridge, 1967—1968. Active Masters oar with Tallahassee Rowing Club. Member of Society International Development, African Studies Association, Southern Economic Association, American Economic Association, Tallahassee Rowing Club, Florida Economic Club, Leander Club (Henley, England), Hawks Club (Cambridge, England).
Married Louise Grant Barrett, June 14, 1969. 1 child, Andrew van Leer.