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Neil McCulloch - Research Fellow

Globalisation
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E: N.McCulloch@ids.ac.uk

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Stacey Townsend

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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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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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

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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

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Does Better Local Governance Improve District Growth Performance in Indonesia

IDS 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

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The Tobin Tax: A Review of the Evidence

IDS 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

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The Tobin Tax: A Review of the Evidence

IDS Research Summary of IDS Research Report 68 (2011)

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

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

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