Alwyn Young

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Alwyn Young is a professor of economics and the Leili & Johannes Huth Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He held a named chair at the University of Chicago and was on the faculty at Boston University and the MIT Sloan School of Management before joining the LSE faculty.[1] A graduate of Cornell University, he holds an MA in law and diplomacy and a PhD in international relations, both from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a PhD in economics from Columbia University. Young teaches introductory micro- and macroeconomics at the LSE to first year undergraduates(EC102).

Well known academic papers by Alwyn Young include The tyranny of numbers: confronting the statistical realities of the East Asian growth experience[2] and A tale of two cities: factor accumulation and technical change in Hong Kong and Singapore[3].

Professor Young's most recent research has focussed on growth in the African continent[4] as well as the impact of HIV-Aids on GDP figures

Selected Publications[edit]

  • The Gift of the Dying: The Tragedy of AIDS and the Welfare of Future African Generations.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 120 (May 2005): 243-266. PDF. Appendix.
  • “Gold into Base Metals: Productivity Growth in the People’s Republic of China during the Reform Period.” Journal of Political Economy 111 (December 2003): 1220-1261.
  • “The Razor’s Edge: Distortions and Incremental Reform in the People’s Republic of China.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 115 (November 2000): 1091-1135. Data.
  • “Growth without Scale Effects.” Journal of Political Economy 106 (February 1998): 41-63. JSTOR.
  • “The Tyranny of Numbers: Confronting the Statistical Realities of the East Asian Growth Experience.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 110 (August 1995): 641-680. JSTOR.
  • “Lessons from the East Asian NICs: A Contrarian View.” European Economic Review 38 (1994): 964-973.
  • Substitution and Complementarity in Endogenous Innovation.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 108 (August 1993): 775-807. JSTOR.
  • “Invention and Bounded Learning by Doing.” Journal of Political Economy 101 (June 1993): 443-472. JSTOR.
  • “A Tale of Two Cities: Factor Accumulation and Technical Change in Hong Kong and Singapore.” In NBER, Macroeconomics Annual 1992. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1992. PDF.
  • “Learning by Doing and the Dynamic Effects of International Trade.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 106 (May 1991): 369-405. JSTOR.


  1. ^ "Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics". 
  2. ^ "Tyranny of Numbers". JSTOR 2946695. 
  3. ^ "A Tale of Two Cities". JSTOR 3584993. 
  4. ^ Young, Alwyn (September 2009), The African Growth Miracle, London School of Economics 

See also[edit]

Exogenous growth model