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Professor Danny Quah

Quah_88x132Danny Quah is Professor of Economics and International Development, and Kuwait Professor at LSE; Senior Fellow, LSE IDEAS, Chair of the LSE-PKU Summer School Board, Academic Director of LSE’s Executive Summer School, Director of Public Relations for the Economics Department, and Co-Director of LSE’s Kuwait Research Programme. Quah served on Malaysia’s National Economic Advisory Council 2009-2011; he was the first Head of Department for Economics at LSE 2006-2009.

Quah holds degrees from Princeton and Harvard, and was Assistant Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining LSE. In 2010 he was Visiting Professor at the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University; and in 2011 at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. Since 2010 Quah has been Tan Chin Tuan Visiting Professor in the Economics Department at the National University of Singapore.

In December 2012 in Beijing, Quah was given Hanban’s Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award for “promoting greater understanding on China’s place in the world, by insightfully analyzing and effectively communicating to general audiences worldwide the effects of shifts in the global economy and of the rise of the east”.

In March 2012, Quah gave a TEDx talk on “Global Tensions from a Rising East”. In October 2011, he gave the Confucius Institute for Business London Annual Public Lecture “627 Million Chinese Lifted Out of Poverty - Where Did It All Go Wrong?” and, at Peking University, the lecture “China and the Global Public Good” for the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. In June 2011, he delivered the inaugural LSE Big Questions Lecture “East beats West?”. In April 2011, Quah gave the Eighth SER Distinguished Public Lecture on “The Shifting Global Balance of Power” in Singapore; in January 2011, he delivered a lecture on the tensions of international power restructuring in a shifting global economy, as part of the Ralph Miliband Series at LSE on the Restructuring of World Power.

Quah was chair and panellist on Sustaining Asia’s Competitiveness at the Tianjin 2010 World Economic Forum Summer Davos Annual Meeting of the New Champions. Early in 2009 he delivered the Goh Keng Swee Lecture in Singapore on China’s economic growth, and the World Economy Asia lecture (“Will Asia save the world?”) in Kuala Lumpur. In May 2009, together with Lord Charles Powell and Sir David Tang, he opposed Gurcharan Das, Deepak Lal, and Mark Tully, in debating the motion “The future belongs to India, not China” at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Prof Quah’s research is now on the global economy, economic growth and development, income inequality, and international economic relations. He is investigating in particular the eastwards drift of global economic activity, and the implications of such ongoing shift: he tries to make large things visible to the naked eye. He has also worked in time series econometrics, inflation, and business cycles. Some of Quah’s writings have been translated into 18 languages.

At the LSE he used to lecture in the largest course (Introductory Economics) taught in the School. Quah now teaches macroeconomics and econometrics in LSE’s MSc programme, and Introductory Macroeconomics as well as Economics and Public Policy for LSE’s BSc programme. He lectures on The Global Financial Crisis for LSE100, and on The Global Economy for the LSE-PKU Summer School in Beijing and for LSE’s MSc in Diplomacy and International Strategy.

Prof Quah blogs at http://dannyquah.wordpress.com/|

Selected Publications

  • Quah, Danny. 2013. “China’s Journey to the West.” Global Policy, February.
  • Quah, Danny. 2012. “UK Austerity and Growth: Winter Is Coming.”
  • Quah, Danny. “The Global Economy’s Shifting Centre of Gravity”, Global Policy, vol. 2. issue 1, pp. 3-9, January 2011, doi:10.1111/j.1758-5899.2010.00066.x
  • Quah, Danny. “Post-1990s’ East Asian economic growth”, Chap. 1 in The Rise of China and Structural Changes in Korea and Asia, edited by Takatoshi Ito and Chin Hee Hahn, pp. 19-42. Camberley, Surrey: Edward Elgar, 2010
  • Saw, Swee-Hock, and Danny Quah, eds. 2009. The Politics of Knowledge. Singapore: ISEAS.
  • Arbia, Giuseppe, Giuseppe Espa, and Danny Quah. “A Class of Spatial Econometric Methods in the Empirical Analysis of Clusters of Firms in Space”, Empirical Economics, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 81-103, February 2008, doi:10.1007/s00181-007-0154-1
  • Mansell, Robin and Avgerou, Chrisanthi and Quah, Danny and Silverstone, Roger, (eds.) (2007) The Oxford handbook of information and communication technologies. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 0199266239


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    Professor Michael Cox guest-blogs for Danny Quah.
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  • Malaysia’s Position as the Global Economy Moves East
    IDEAS Senior Fellow Professor Danny Quah analyses how the shifting global economy is impacting South East Asia, and Malaysia in particular.
  • The shifting global balance of power - China.org.cn
    IDEAS Senior Fellow Professor Danny Quah argues that as the economic centre of gravity shifts East, the question should not be what is good for the West, but what is good for the world as a whole.
  • World's centre of economic gravity shifts east
    IDEAS Senior Fellow Professor Danny Quah explains how the world's economic centre of gravity has shifted 3000 miles east over the last 30 years, and will continue to do so.
  • Power Shift: Myth and Reality
    Two great tectonic plates are on the move – China and the US – and the rest of the world is struggling to adjust to new realities and new relationships. The Autumn 2010 issue of LSE Research brings together four of the most eminent thinkers on the subject, all affiliated with LSE IDEAS: co-directors Arne Westad and Michael Cox; Senior Fellow Danny Quah, and the current holder of the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs Professor Niall Ferguson.
  • Malaysia's New Economic Model: Making choices
    IDEAS Senior Fellow Danny Quah blogs about his experience serving on Malaysia's National Economic Advisory Council. In June 2009, Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak asked if I would serve on his council of economic advisors, the National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC). This Council was to come up with a New Economic Model for the country. It would not be a group that got together every month to finetune the economy. This Council was not to sift through the entrails of inventory reports, and propose economic policies to lean against the wind.
  • Rising Asia in the World Crisis