Ha-Joon Chang at the Institute for Public Policy Research on 10 October 2011.
October 7, 1963 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Institution||University of Cambridge|
|Alma mater||Seoul National University, University of Cambridge|
Richard T. Ely
|Awards||Gunnar Myrdal Prize 2003, Wassily Leontief Prize 2005|
|Information at IDEAS/RePEc|
Ha-Joon Chang (Korean: 장하준, Hanja: 張夏准, born October 7, 1963) is one of the leading heterodox economists and institutional economists specialising in development economics. Currently a Reader in the Political Economy of Development at the University of Cambridge, Chang is the author of several widely-discussed policy books, most notably Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (2002). Chang was ranked by Prospect Magazine as one of the top World Thinkers in 2013.
He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the European Investment Bank as well as to Oxfam and various United Nations agencies. He is also a fellow at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. In addition, Chang serves on the advisory board of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP).
After graduating from Seoul National University Department of Economics, he trained at the University of Cambridge, earning a PhD for thesis titled The political economy of industrial policy - reflections on the role of state intervention in 1991. Chang's contribution to heterodox economics started while studying under Robert Rowthorn, a leading British Marxist economist, with whom he worked on the elaboration of the theory of industrial policy, which he described as a middle way between central planning and unrestrained free market. His work in this area is part of a broader approach to economics known as institutionalist political economy which places economic history and socio-political factors at the centre of the evolution of economic practices.
In his book Kicking Away the Ladder (which won the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy's 2003 Gunnar Myrdal Prize), Chang argued that all major developed countries used interventionist economic policies in order to get rich and then tried to forbid other countries from doing similarly. The World Trade Organization, World Bank and International Monetary Fund come in for strong criticism from Chang for "ladder-kicking" of this type which, he argues, are the fundamental obstacle to poverty alleviation in the developing world. This and other work led to his being awarded the 2005 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought from the Global Development and Environment Institute (previous prize-winners include Amartya Sen, John Kenneth Galbraith, Herman Daly, Alice Amsden and Robert Wade).
The book's methodology was criticized by Douglas Irwin, Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College and author of a 2011 study of the Smoot-Hawley tariff, writing on the website of the Economic History Association:
Chang only looks at countries that developed during the nineteenth century and a small number of the policies they pursued. He did not examine countries that failed to develop in the nineteenth century and see if they pursued the same heterodox policies only more intensively. This is a poor scientific and historical method. Suppose a doctor studied people with long lives and found that some smoked tobacco, but did not study people with shorter lives to see if smoking was even more prevalent. Any conclusions drawn only from the observed relationship would be quite misleading.
Ha-Joon Chang has examined a large body of historical material to reach some very interesting and important conclusions about institutions and economic development. Not only is the historical picture re-examined, but Chang uses this to argue the need for a changing attitude to the institutions desired in today's developing nations. Both as historical reinterpretation and policy advocacy, "Kicking Away the Ladder?" deserves a wide audience among economists, historians, and members of the policy establishment.
Following up on the ideas of Kicking Away the Ladder, Chang published Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism in December 2008. Chang countered Irwin´s criticisms by arguing that countries that had failed to develop had generally followed free market policies. Chang also argued that while state interventionism sometimes produced economic failures, it had a better record than unregulated free market economies which, he maintained, very rarely succeeded in producing economic development. He cited evidence that GDP growth in developing countries had been higher prior to external pressures recommending deregulation and extended his analysis to the failures of free trade to induce growth through privatisation and anti-inflationary policies. Chang's book won plaudits from Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz but was criticised by former World Bank economist William Easterly, who said that Chang used selective evidence in his book. Chang responded to Easterly's criticisms, asserting that Easterly misread his argument. Easterly in turn provided a counter-reply.
Chang's upcoming book, Economics: The User's Guide, is a myth-busting introduction to economics that addresses the knowledge gap between economics experts and the general public. 
- The political economy of industrial policy (St. Martin's Press; 1994)
- Intellectual property rights and economic development: historical lessons and emerging issues (pamphlet) (TWN; 2001)
- Who benefits from the new international intellectual property rights regime?: and what should Africa do? (pamphlet) (ATPSN; 2001)
- Joseph Stiglitz and the World Bank: the rebel within (collection of Stiglitz speeches) (Anthem; 2001)
- Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (Anthem; 2002) ISBN 978-1-84331-027-3
- Globalization, Economic Development, and the Role of the State (essay collection) (Zed Books; 2002) ISBN 978-1-84277-143-3
- Restructuring Korea Inc. (with Jang-Sup Shin) (Routledge; 2003) ISBN 978-0-415-27865-2
- Reclaiming development: an alternative economic policy manual (with Ilene Grabel) (Zed; 2004)
- The Politics of Trade and Industrial Policy in Africa: Forced Consensus (edited with Charles Chukwuma Soludo & Osita Ogbu) (Africa World Press; 2004) ISBN 978-1592211654
- Gae-Hyuck Ui Dut (The Reform Trap'), Bookie, Seoul, 2004 (collection of essays in Korean)
- Kwe-Do Nan-Ma Hankook-Kyungje (Cutting the Gordian Knot – An Analysis of the Korean Economy) Bookie, Seoul, 2005 (in Korean) (co-author: Seung-il Jeong) ISBN 978-89-85989-83-1
- Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism (Bloomsbury; 2008) ISBN 978-1-59691-598-5
- 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism (Penguin Books Ltd; 2010) ISBN 978-1-60819-166-6
- Economics: The User's Guide (Pelican Books; 2014) ISBN 978-0718197032
Papers and articles
- The East Asian development experience: the miracle, the crisis and the future (Zed; 2006) ISBN 978-1-84277-141-9
- Economic History of the Developed World: Lessons for Africa Economic History of the Developed World: Lessons for Africa 2009
- Industrial Policy: Can Africa do it? July 2012
- Chang (ed.). Institutional Change and Economic Development. Tokyo 2007.
- Kicking Away the Ladder: The "Real" History of Free Trade, Ha-Joon Chang, Foreign Policy, 30 December 2003
- Foreign Investment Regulation in Historical Perspective Lessons for the Proposed WTO Investment Agreement, Ha-Joon Chang, Global Policy, March 2003
- Why there is no such thing called a 'Free Market', Ha-Joon Chang, Truthout, 7 June 2011
- Chang, H-J, 2007, Bad Samaritans:The Guilty Secrets of Rich Nations and the Threat to Global Prosperity, London: Random House Books, p.4
- Ha-Joon Chang, "Kicking Away the Ladder", Post-Autistic Economics Review
- "Ha-Joon Chang's home page". University of Cambridge. 19 Oct 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
- "Article summarising "Kicking Away the Ladder" book". Post-Autistic Economics Review. 14 Sep 2002. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
- A paper by Chang summarising much of "Kicking Away the Ladder". Foreign Policy In Focus. April 2003. Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
- Ha-Joon Chang (November 2005). Why Developing Countries Need Tariffs? How WTO NAMA Negotiations Could Deny Developing Countries’ Right To A Future.. Oxfam International/South Centre. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
- Ha-Joon Chang (July 2006). Understanding the Relationship between Institutions and Economic Development: Some Key Theoretical Issues.. The World Institute for Development Economics Research/United Nations University. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
- "CEPR Senior Research Partners". Center for Economic and Policy Research. 19 Oct 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
- Correa Delgado, Rafael. Ecuador: de Banana Republic a la No República. Debate. Third edition. 2010. Pg. 158
- Rafael Correa (20 May 2006). "El sofisma del libre comercio". La Insignia. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
- Mónica Almeida (23 Sep 2007). "Ecuador debe planificar su propio modelo de desarrollo". EL Universo. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
- Bob Rowthorn (July-Aug 1974). "Neo-Classicism, Neo-Ricardianism and Marxism". New Left Review. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
- "Blame Game", The Economist, March 24, 2011. Accessed on March 28, 2011 at: http://www.economist.com/node/18438065?story_id=18438065&CFID=166516108&CFTOKEN=23109871
- Irwin, Douglas A., "Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective". April 2004. EH.net. Accessed on 03/15/11 at: http://eh.net/book_reviews/kicking-away-ladder-development-strategy-historical-perspective
- Ha-Joon Chang (July-2007). Protecting the global poor. Prospect. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
- "The washing machine has changed society more than the Internet". Ode Magazine. January 1, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
- "Interview: Ha-Joon Chang". Varsity. 19 February 2014.
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- Ha-Joon Chang official website
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- Ha-Joon Chang at the Internet Movie Database
- Works by or about Ha-Joon Chang in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Casey Lartigue, Jr. (editor). "Chang Ha-Joon Resource Center: Links and summaries of analysis from his critics". Center for Free Enterprise.
- "Why the World Isn't Flat" video of Ha-Joon Chang lecture for the New America Foundation, 4 February 2008
- Korea Society Podcast: Ha-Joon Chang Discusses Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism, 28 May 2008
- "Economist Ha-Joon Chang on 'The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism'" Ha-Joon Chang interviewed on Democracy Now!, 10 March 2009 (video, audio, and print transcript)
- Ha-Joon Chang on the G20 Summit, Currency Wars and Why the Free Market is a "Myth" – video interview by Democracy Now!, 12 November 2010
- Ha-Joon Chang on RAI Economy portal