Danny Quah

Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics l Tan Chin Tuan Visiting Professor, NUS
Ph.D., Economics, Harvard University l B.A., Economics, Princeton University

Danny Quah

Danny Quah is Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics at the School. He was previously Professor of Economics and International Development, and Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Quah obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1986; he was then Assistant Professor at MIT’s Economics Department before leaving for LSE in 1991.

Quah served as LSE’s Head of Department for Economics (2006-2009), and Council Member on Malaysia’s National Economic Advisory Council (2009-2011). His research interests include income inequality, economic growth, and international economic relations. His current long-term research project is on an economic approach to world order, with focus on global power shift and the rise of the east, and models of global power relations.

Quah gave the third LSE-NUS lecture in 2013, TEDx talks in 2014 and 2012, and the Inaugural LSE Big Questions Lecture in 2011. In 2016 his was named one of the top 100 Economics blogs in the world. Quah’s research has been supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the British Academy, the UK’s Economic and Research Council, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

His publications include “Convergence Determines Governance−Within and Without”, Growth, Convergence, and Income Distribution (2014), “The global economy’s shifting centre of gravity”, Global Policy (2011), “Spatial agglomeration dynamics”, American Economic Review (2002). His current research is on an economic approach to world order, on global power shifts and the rise of the East.

Research Areas
• International relations and economics
• The rise of the East
• Economic growth and distribution
• The global economy