Neil McCulloch - Research Fellow
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 Impact of Governance and Transparency on Firm Investment in VietnamEconomics of Transition 23.4 (2015)
The authors match a panel of Vietnamese enterprises from 2006 to 2010 with a unique panel dataset measuring sub-national economic governance to estimate a relationship between local governance and private investment. More details
Does Better Provincial Governance Boost Private Investment in Vietnam?IDS Working Paper 414 (2013)
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
Who Drives Economic Reform in Vietnam’s Provinces?IDS Research Report 76 (2012)
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
Does Better Local Governance Improve District Growth Performance in IndonesiaIDS Working Paper 369 (2011)
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
The Tobin Tax: A Review of the EvidenceIDS Research Report 68 (2011)
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