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Neil McCulloch

Honorary Associate

Dr. Neil McCulloch is a development economist with expertise in political economy analysis and the design and implementation of politically smart aid programmes. 

He was the Project Director of the Facility for Oil Sector Transparency (FOSTER) in Nigeria – a project that aims to “think and work politically” to achieve fundamental reform in the oil sector.  He has also done extensive work on the political economy of fuel subsidies, both in Indonesia and Nigeria, and the political economy of aid for power sector reform in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Previously, Dr. McCulloch was the Director of the Economic Policy Program at Oxford Policy Management and, before that, the Lead Economist of the Australian Aid program in Indonesia. He has also led the Globalisation Research Team in the Institute of Development Studies in the UK and was a Senior Economist for the World Bank in Indonesia.



Assessing the Tobin Tax

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.



Journal Article

The Political Economy of Aid for Power Sector Reform

IDS Bulletin 48 5-6

Recent literature on the effectiveness of donor programmes points to the importance of understanding the political context within which reforms are taking place. The characteristics of the power sector make reform intensely political in almost all countries and donor projects have sometimes...

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Neil McCulloch & 2 others

28 November 2017