David Hope is a political scientist who works on the comparative political economy of advanced democracies. His specific areas of interest include growth models, macroeconomic imbalances, inequality and redistribution, and electoral politics. David's current research agenda uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods to explore two prominent empirical phenomena in the field of inequality. The first phenomenon is the pervasive decline in labour's share of national income in advanced democracies since the 1980s. His work on this topic attempts to (i) unpack the part played by political-economic institutions and government policies in the decline; and (ii) estimate the effect of the decline on various aspects of political preferences. The second phenomenon is the persistence of differences in household income inequality across advanced democracies. His work on this topic aims to map out the complex set of interrelationships between the distribution of income, national growth models, varieties of capitalism and political systems. Prior to joining the LSE III, David gained his degree in Economics from UCL and his masters in Economics from the LSE. He recently completed his PhD in Political Science with the Department of Government at the LSE. During his academic studies, David also spent time working as a research officer on Wendy Carlin and David Soskice's Macroeconomics: Institutions, Instability and the Financial System (2015, OUP) and as Economics Editor for the Curriculum in Open-access Resources in Economics (CORE) project.
David left his position as Researcher in the III in 2017, to take up the post as Lecturer in Political Economy in the King’s College London Department of Political Economy, but continues his research as a Visiting Fellow in the Institute.