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Neil McCulloch - Research Fellow

Globalisation
T: +44 (0)1273 915845
E: N.McCulloch@ids.ac.uk

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Administrator:
Stacey Townsend

Thematic Expertise:
Economic Growth; Financial Crisis; Trade and Growth; Poverty; Work and Labour.

Geographic Expertise:
China; Indonesia; Pakistan; Viet Nam; Zambia.

Neil McCulloch is an economist specialising in the analysis of poverty in developing countries and the linkages between poverty and both global and local economic reform.

Dr McCulloch currently works on the political economy of private investment in Vietnam and Indonesia. He has led research on the Rural Investment Climate in Indonesia and has worked on the relationship between growth and poverty reduction in that country.

In addition, he has written a systematic review of the evidence on financial transaction taxes, and has co-written a book 'Trade Liberalisation and Poverty: A Handbook' for the UK DFID which provides a comprehensive analysis of the evidence linking trade liberalisation and poverty and guidelines for how policymakers can ensure that policies of economic integration are pro-poor.

Dr McCulloch has published academic papers on the causes of movements into and out of poverty and the effectiveness of different anti-poverty policies using data from China, Pakistan and Zambia. He also has experience of working as a long-term advisor within a developing country government and managing capacity building projects in that context. He also has considerable experience of teaching and training and the management of research activities.

The current financial crisis has stirred up an old debate about whether it might make sense to impose a Tobin Tax, either on foreign exchange transactions or on all financial transactions.

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This project examines a key assumption which underlies one of the main approaches to poverty reduction currently advocated and practised by many international development agencies.

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The Government of Zambia has initiated a study to look at the affects of the financial crisis on women and children in Zambia.

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This study addresses the extent to which the quality of economic governance at the district level enhances the economic performance of Indonesia's decentralised districts.

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An examination of whether or not exporters in Sub-Saharan Africa are facing a decline in trade credit.

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This project used a global trade model to gauge the impact of a slowdown in economic activity in the OECD on trade performance, world prices and aggregate welfare in the rest of the world.

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IDS has already conducted a qualitative analysis of the social impact of the crisis in five countries. This research project aims to use the results from a new round of qualitative research to inform detailed quantitative analysis of existing nationally representative quantitative surveys in two countries.

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This project examined some of the factors that contribute to better local governance and economic performance, focusing on district-level variations.

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Does Better Provincial Governance Boost Private Investment in Vietnam?

A large literature asserts a causal relationship between the quality of economic governance and economic performance. However, attempts to establish such a link at an aggregate level have met with considerable methodological criticism. More details

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Who Drives Economic Reform in Vietnam’s Provinces?

Vietnam keeps surprising the world with the speed and depth of its economic transformation. This research report suggests that the decentralisation of certain economic powers from central to provincial government has contributed to this success. More details

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Does Better Local Governance Improve District Growth Performance in Indonesia

A large literature suggests that countries with better governance have higher growth rates. We explore whether this is also true at the sub-national level in Indonesia. More details

IDS Research Report

The Tobin Tax: A Review of the Evidence

The debate about the Tobin tax, and other financial transaction taxes (FTTs), gives rise to strong views both for and against. Unfortunately, little of the popular debate refers to the now considerable body of evidence about the impact of such taxes. More details

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The Tobin Tax: A Review of the Evidence

The Tobin tax, a small levy on foreign exchange transactions, should theoretically discourage speculation and thereby stabilise markets. More details

IDS publications on international development research

The Tobin Tax - A Review of The Evidence

This review attempts to synthesize what we know from the available theoretical and empirical literature about the impact of FTTs on volatility in financial markets. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Does Better Local Governance Improve District Growth Performance in Indonesia

A large literature suggests that countries with better governance have higher growth rates. We explore whether this is also true at the sub-national level in Indonesia. More details

IDS Working Paper

Estimating the Impact of the Food, Fuel and Financial Crises on Zambian Households

This paper combines nationally representative household survey data from Zambia in 2006, with detailed, spatially disaggregated, price data, to simulate the likely welfare impacts of the prices changes arising from the food, fuel and financial crises between 2006 and 2009. More details

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing

Is a Financial Transaction Tax a Good Idea? A Review of the Evidence

IDS has undertaken a comprehensive review of the feasibility of financial transaction taxes (FTTs). We find that, worldwide, a financial transaction tax on foreign exchange transactions could raise US$26 billion. More details

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Estimating the National Impact of the Financial Crisis in Indonesia by Combining a Rapid Qualitative Study with Nationally Representative Surveys

This paper draws on a rapid qualitative assessment of the impact of the financial crisis in Indonesia, to generate hypotheses about the potential national impacts. More details

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing

Tackling Instability in Financial Markets with a Panic Tax

There has been much debate on introducing a financial transaction or ‘Tobin Tax' to generate revenue for public goods or enhance market stability. More details

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A Tale of Two Cities: The Political Economy of Local Investment Climate in Solo and Manado, Indonesia

There is little doubt that orthodox institutional prescriptions, such as the protection of property rights, low corruption, and effective public services are desirable longterm objectives for all countries. But it is not clear whether implementing such prescriptions is sufficient, or even necessary, to achieve investment and growth. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Estimating the National Impact of the Financial Crisis in Indonesia by Combining a Rapid Qualitative Study with Nationally Representative Surveys

This paper draws on a rapid qualitative assessment of the impact of the financial crisis in Indonesia, to generate hypotheses about the potential national impacts. These hypotheses are tested using nationally representative labour force surveys from before and after the onset of the financial crisis. More details

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Estimating the Impact of the Food, Fuel and Financial Crises on Zambian Households

Between 2006 and 2009 Zambia experienced a period of high inflation arising from the 2008 food, fuel and financial crises. This paper combines household survey data from 2006, with spatially disaggregated price data, to simulate the likely welfare impacts of price changes arising from these crises between 2006 and 2009. More details

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