Robert Wade (development scholar)

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Robert Wade
Born 1944
Fields Economic inequality, development studies, international political economy, industrial policy
Institutions London School of Economics, World Bank 1984–1988,
Institute of Development Studies 1972–1995
Notable awards Leontief Prize
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Robert Hunter Wade (born 1944) was born in Australia to New Zealand parents.

He is currently Professor of Political Economy and Development at the Development Studies Institute (DESTIN), London School of Economics. He was educated in Washington, New Zealand, and Sussex University and worked at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex from 1972–1995. He has also worked at the World Bank, 1984–1988. He has undertaken fieldwork in a range of countries including: Italy, India, Korea, Taiwan and even Pitcairn Island.[1]

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Robert Wade is author of many books and scholarly articles including:

  • Wade, Robert H. (1982), Irrigation and Politics in South Korea
  • Wade, Robert H. (1988, 1994), Village Republics: The Economic Conditions of Collective Action in India
  • Wade, Robert H. (1990, 2003), Governing the Market: Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asia's Industrialization (this won the American Political Science Association's award of Best Book in Political Economy, 1992)[1]
  • Wade, Robert H. (2014), "The strange neglect of income inequality in economics and public policy", in Stewart, Frances; Cornia, Giovanni A., Towards human development new approaches to macroeconomics and inequality, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, pp. 99–121, ISBN 9780198706083 


Recipient in 2008 (jointly with José Antonio Ocampo) of the Leontief Prize in recognition of his outstanding contribution to economic theory that addressed contemporary realities and supported just and sustainable societies.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Development Studies Institute (DESTIN) Robert Wade

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