Dr David Coady

Dr David Coady

Visiting Professor in Practice

International Inequalities Institute

Key Expertise
Fiscal Redistribution, Inequality, Taxation, Public Transfers

About me

Dave Coady is currently a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Luxembourg Income Survey (LIS) Centre at the University of Luxembourg, where he is undertaking an analysis of the extent and nature of fiscal redistribution through direct public income transfers and taxes in high-income countries over recent decades. From 2004-2022, he worked in the Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD) at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), most recently as Assistant Director, Lead Social Spending Expert, and Chief of the Expenditure Policy Division. Prior to joining the FAD/IMF, he was Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI from 1998-2004. He has also held academic positions in the economic departments at University College London (UCL from 1992-1995) and Queen Mary College (QMC from 1995-1998. He earned his PhD in economics from the London School of Economics (UK) in 1992 and his Masters of Economic Science from University College Dublin (Ireland) in 1983.  His research interests include development economics, public economics, and public expenditure analysis, and he has worked extensively on policy issues related to the efficiency and distributional implications of public policies including indirect taxes, public sector pricing, social spending, the evaluation of safety net programs, and age-related spending. He has also authored (and co-authored) numerous research articles, book chapters, policy reports, and books on these topics. He has advised governments at all stages of development on the design and reform of public spending policies in these areas.