Robert Wade (scholar)

Robert Wade
Born1944 (age 75–76)
NationalityNew Zealander
Alma materSussex University
AwardsLeontief Prize, Best Book or Article in Political Economy, from American Political Science Association
Scientific career
FieldsEconomic growth, core-periphery structure of world economy, UK and US empire, economic inequality, development studies, international political economy, industrial policy
InstitutionsLondon School of Economics, World Bank 1984–1988,
Institute of Development Studies 1972–1995
WebsiteStaff page

Robert Hunter Wade (born 1944) is a political economy and development scholar. He is currently Professor of Global Political Economy at the Department of International Development, London School of Economics.

Early life

He was born in Australia to New Zealand diplomat parents. He was educated in Washington DC, Ottawa, Wellington, New Zealand, and Sussex University.


He has worked at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex from 1972–1995. On leave from IDS, he worked at the World Bank 1984-88; the Office of Technology Assessment (US Congress) 1988; Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School) 1989-90; MIT (Sloan School and Political Science) 1990-91. He was professor of political economy at Brown University (Watson Institute and Political Science) 1996-99. He held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton 1992-3, Russell Sage Foundation, New York 1997-98, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin 2000-01.[1]

He has also worked at the World Bank, 1984–1988. He has undertaken fieldwork in a range of countries including: Italy, India, Korea, Taiwan and even Pitcairn Island and inside the World Bank on the World Bank.[1]

Key works

Robert Wade is author of many books and scholarly articles including:

  • Wade, Robert H. (1982), Irrigation and Politics in South Korea
  • Wade, Robert H. (1988, 1994), Village Republics: The Economic Conditions of Collective Action in India
  • Wade, Robert H. (1990, 2003), Governing the Market: Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asia's Industrialization (this won the American Political Science Association's award of Best Book or Article in Political Economy, 1992)[1]
  • Wade, Robert H. (2014), "The strange neglect of income inequality in economics and public policy", in Stewart, Frances; Cornia, Giovanni A. (eds.), Towards human development new approaches to macroeconomics and inequality, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, pp. 99–121, ISBN 9780198706083
  • Wade, Robert Hunter (2004-07-01). "Is Globalization Reducing Poverty and Inequality?". International Journal of Health Services. 34 (3): 381–414. doi:10.2190/G8F1-01FL-MEDW-JVG1. ISSN 0020-7314. PMID 15346677.


In 2008, Wade received (jointly with José Antonio Ocampo) the Leontief Prize in recognition of his outstanding contribution to economic theory that addresses contemporary realities and supports just and sustainable societies. In 1992 he received the American Political Science Association's award of Best Book or Article in Political Economy. He competes regularly in 10 km running races and long distance swims, and plays the classical guitar.[1]


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