Dr Ha-Joon Chang

Ha-Joon Chang, a Korean national, has taught at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, since 1990.

In addition to numerous articles in journals and edited volumes, Ha-Joon Chang has published nine authored books (three of them co-authored) and eight edited books (six of them co-edited). His most recent books include Kicking Away the Ladder – Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (Anthem Press, 2002), Globalization, Economic Development and The Role of the State (Zed Press, 2003), and Reclaiming Development – An Alternative Economic Policy Manual (with Ilene Grabel; Zed Press, 2004), and Bad Samaritans – Rich Nations, Poor Policies, and the Threat to the Developing World (Random House, 2007). His writings have been translated into 16 languages.

Apart from his academic activities, Ha-Joon Chang has worked as a consultant for numerous international organisations, including various UN agencies (UNCTAD, WIDER, UNDP, UNIDO, UNRISD, INTECH, FAO, and ILO), the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of governments (the UK, Canada, Japan, South Africa, and Venezuela).

Ha-Joon Chang is the winner of the 2003 Myrdal Prize, awarded to his book, Kicking Away the Ladder, by the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE). He is also the winner (jointly with Richard Nelson of Columbia University) of the 2005 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought awarded by Tufts University. Previous winners of the Prize include John Kenneth Galbraith and the Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen.

 Related Sessions

Saturday 1 November 2008, 1.30pm Lecture Theatre 1
Growing pains: the pros and cons of economic dynamism


Bad Samaritans – Rich Nations, Poor Policies, and the Threat to Developing World (2007, Random House, UK) – the paperback edition was published as Bad Samaritans – The Guilty Secrets of Rich Nations and the Threat to Global Prosperity in 2008

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