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Professor Danny Quah

Danny-Quah-2014Danny Quah is Professor of Economics and International Development, and Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre within the Institute of Global Affairs at LSE; Senior Fellow, LSE IDEAS, Chair of the LSE-PKU Summer School Board, Academic Director of LSE’s Executive Summer School. 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 August 2014, Quah gave a TEDx talk on "Economics, Democracy, and the New World Order"; in March 2012, one 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.

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 International Strategy and Diplomacy.

Prof Quah blogs at dannyquah.com/writings|

Selected Publications

  • Quah, Danny. 2014. “Look to Asia For the Rebirth of Democracy.” World Economic Forum (August 18). 
  • Quah, Danny. 2014. “It Is Not Easy Being Leader of the World.” Global Policy (July 30).
  • Quah, Danny. 2014. “How We Choose Our Political Leaders Tells the World a Lot About Us.” Democratic Audit (July 23). 
  • 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


  • LSE Middle East Alumni Symposium
    The LSE Middle East Alumni Symposium is a new initiative taken by the School to build on its commitment and relationship with the region. Chaired by alumnus and chairman of the Aman Foundation Mr Arif Naqvi, Professor Craig Calhoun led the discussion on Middle Eastern prospects in facing global challenges. Professor Danny Quah concentrated on the role of the GCC in the leaderless world; followed by a look at the regional balance of power after the Iraqi Elections presented by Professor Toby Dodge.
  • Alfred Herrhausen Society Forum on "Europe: Dream and Reality"
    On 9th May 2014, Professor Danny Quah participated in a panel discussion 'Where is the middle of the map? Europe in a multi-polar world' at the Alfred Herrhausen Society Forum on "Europe: Dream and Reality".
  • BFM: The Business Radio Station - Asia – Who is Getting It Right?
    Listen here to Professor Danny Quah on BFM: The Business Station. "The rise of Asia is perhaps the singular developmental and political story of our era, attracting praise and criticism, wonder and skepticism,” Professor Quah is reported to have said on the announcement of the new inter-disciplinary center. He speaks about Western obsessions over ‘ballot box democracy’, the importance of the performance dimension of governance, what will be a game changer for Southeast Asia and why Malaysians are given to so much self-loathing.
  • LSE Asia Forum 2014 - ASEAN leadership in a leaderless world
    Watch Professor Danny Quah, together with Azman Mokhtar, Professor Kishore Mahbubani, at the 6th Asia Forum entitled 'Building Asian futures: integration, welfare and growth?' took place on 2-3 April 2014 at the Shangri La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Mick Cox and Danny Quah: A new world economic order?
    Professor Michael Cox guest-blogs for Danny Quah.
  • Is UK academic social science following a work model others are already discarding? « DannyQuah
    Academic economics has disengaged from its long-standing public mission: addressing the questions important to society.
  • 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.