Ha-Joon Chang is a reader in Political Economy of Development at the University of Cambridge. He earned his undergraduate degree from Seoul National University, and an M.Phil and Ph.D from the University of Cambridge. He is well known for his work in institutionalist political economy, which is a study of economics that situates the economy in context with sociopolitical factors.
Chang has written a number of books about heterodox economics, such as Kicking Away the Ladder, and Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism. The former was awarded the Gunnar Myrdal Prize by the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy and revealed Chang’s conclusions that rich nations stay wealthy and maintain political dominance by preventing other countries from doing the kinds of things they did to become rich. In Bad Samaritans he responded to criticisms of his earlier work with even more evidence to support his conclusions.
Once ranked among the top 20 world thinkers, he has provided consultation to Oxfam, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and other organizations around the world. He is on the advisory board for Academics Stand Against Poverty and a fellow at the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
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