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Wade, Robert

Visiting Fellows


Robert H. Wade is professor of global political economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. A New Zealand citizen, he was educated in Washington DC, Ottawa, New Zealand, and at Sussex University (Institute of Development Studies). He worked at the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex), the World Bank, Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School), MIT Sloan School, and Brown University. His central research questions have revolved around a question posed by a Chinese man to a BBC interviewer: “You westerners all have refrigerators and washing machines and cars. Why can’t we Chinese have the same?” In other words, questions around Adam Smith’s focus on the wealth of nations (and of classes), concerning how (capitalist) economies create income and wealth. He has conducted fieldwork in Pitcairn Island (mid Pacific Ocean), Italy (southern Toscana), India, South Korea, Taiwan, Iceland, and inside the IMF, World Bank, and UNCTAD. He has written about: trends in global growth, poverty and income inequality; the mechanisms of the core-periphery structure of the world economy; how a small number of non-western nations have escaped the periphery in the past two centuries, mostly using “the developmental state” in contrast to the strategy of “free trade and almost free movement of FDI and financial capital” prescribed by western development organizations like the World Bank and IMF; the East Asian financial crisis of 1997-98 and the battle over capital controls; the North Atlantic financial crisis of 2008-09; how western states keep power in global governance organizations like the World Bank and IMF. Not forgetting the profession of economists, and especially economists’ (lack of) ethics in the build-up to the Great Recession of 2008. More recently he has tackled the environmental sustainability of meeting the Chinese man’s aspiration. Author of Irrigation and Politics in South Korea (1982), Village Republics: The Economic Conditions of Collective Action in India (1988, 1994, 2007), Governing the Market: Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asia's Industrialization (1990, 2004). Latter won the American Political Science Association's award of Best Book in Political Economy, 1992. He was awarded the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2008.

From: Apr 01, 2019 To: May 30, 2019

Structure Department of International Development (Professor of Global Political Economy)

London School of Economics

United Kingdom

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Prof. Anna Soci

Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche