Dr Paul Segal

Dr Paul Segal

Visiting Senior Fellow

International Inequalities Institute

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Key Expertise
Economics, Global Inequality, Poverty

About me

Paul Segal is a Visiting Fellow at the LSE III and Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Department of International Development, King's College London. He has written on global inequality and poverty, where he pioneered the use of the new top incomes data in analysing the global distribution of income. His latest work in this area uses these data to analyse the global top 1%. He has also written on the economics of resource revenues and their potential role in inequality and poverty reduction, and on the long-run determinants of inequality and wages in developing countries. He is currently working on interdisciplinary approaches to socio-economic inequality. This includes theoretical work on the measurement of inequality, and field work in Mexico City on multidimensional inequalities, in collaboration with Oxfam Mexico and the magazine Chilango.

Paul is a co-author and co-editor of CORE: Economics for a changing world, a new open-access online economics textbook. CORE is a new approach to teaching economics, based on recent developments in economics and other social sciences, that grounds economic interactions in society, institutions, and history. It places concerns about inequality at the heart of economics and will teach a new generation of students how central the distribution of income is to economics more generally.

Since completing his DPhil at Nuffield College, Oxford, Paul has been a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and Lecturer in Economics at the University of Sussex. Prior to his doctoral studies he was a Research Fellow at Harvard University working on global inequality, and a Consultant Economist at the United Nations Development Programme as part of the core team writing the Human Development Report 2002.

Read Paul Segal's blog article for the Institute for Economic Thinking 'Inequality Represents a Wasted Opportunity for Poverty Reduction'.

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Expertise Details

Economics; Global Inequality; Poverty


Publications with the LSE III

Segal P (2020) Inequality as entitlements over labour. Working Paper (43). International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Segal P and Savage M (2019) Inequality interactions. Working Paper (27). International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Segal P and Anand S (2017) Who are the global top 1%? Working Paper (8). International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Selected publications

Segal P, Bleynat I and Challú A (Forthcoming) Inequality, Living Standards and Growth: Two Centuries of Economic Development in Mexico, Economic History Review.

Segal P and Bleynat I (2019) Las caras de la desigualdad: Apuntes preliminares sobre un abordaje multidimensional y multimedial de la desigualdad social, Lavboratorio, Revista de Estudios sobre Cambio Estructural y Desigualdad Social, No 29, Buenos Aires: Instituto de Investigaciones Gino Germani, pp. 198 – 209.

Segal P and Anand S (2017) Who are the Global Top 1%? World Development, Vol. 95, pp.111-126.

Segal P and Anand S (2015) The Global Distribution of Income, in Anthony B. Atkinson and François Bourguignon (eds.), Handbook of Income Distribution, Volume II, North-Holland, 2015.

Segal P and Debowicz D (2014) Structural Change in Argentina, 1935-1960: The Role of Import Substitution and Factor Endowments, Journal of Economic History, Vol. 74 Iss. 01, pp 230-258.

Segal P (2012) How to Spend It: Resource Wealth and the Distribution of Resource Rents, Energy Policy, Vol. 51, pp. 340-348.

Segal P (2011) Resource Rents, Redistribution, and Halving Global Poverty: The Resource Dividend, World Development, Vol. 39, No. 4, pp. 475-489.

Segal P, El-Katiri L and Fattouh B (2011) Anatomy of an Oil-Based Welfare State: Rent Distribution in Kuwait, in David Held and Kristian Ulrichsen (eds.), The Transformation of the Gulf States: Politics, Economics and the Global Order, Routledge, pp. 165-187.

Segal P, Anand S, and Stiglitz J (2010) Debates on the Measurement of Global Poverty, Oxford University Press.

Segal P and Anand S (2008) What Do We Know about Global Income Inequality? Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 57-94.