Danny Quah

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Danny Quah
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Danny Quah, University of London KL Lecture, 23 April 2013. Podium
Native name 柯成兴
Born (1958-07-26) July 26, 1958 (age 58)
Nationality British
Institution London School of Economics
Field Macroeconomics
Alma mater Harvard University
Princeton University
Influences Thomas Sargent, Olivier Blanchard
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Danny Quah (Chinese: 柯成兴) is Professor of Economics and International Development, and Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Tan Chin Tuan Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore. Quah's work includes contributions to the fields of economic growth, development economics, monetary economics, macroeconometrics, and the weightless economy.[1] Quah is known for his research on estimation techniques for disentangling the effects of different disturbances on economies, for his studies on economic growth and convergence across nation states, and for his analyses of the large shifts in the global economy.

Early years[edit]

Quah was born in Penang, Malaysia, and attended the Penang Free School before leaving for university studies in the United States.


Quah obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University under Thomas Sargent in 1986 and his A.B. from Princeton University in 1980. He worked as assistant professor of economics at MIT before joining the Economics Department at LSE in 1991. Quah was, for 2006–2009, Head of the Economics Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Quah has served previously as Council Member on Malaysia's National Economic Advisory Council and as Consultant for the Bank of England, the World Bank, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Currently, he is on the advisory board of OMFIF where he is regularly involved in meetings regarding the financial and monetary system.Quah has also worked as visiting assistant professor of economics at Harvard University, and visiting Professor of Economics at Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management and at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

Research contributions[edit]

The World's Economic Centre of Gravity 1980-2050. Produced by Danny Quah, 2011

Google Scholar Citations reports that Quah's most-cited works include his 1989 paper[2] on Vector Autoregressions with Olivier Blanchard and his papers on poverty traps in cross-country economic growth[3] and the convergence of Twin Peaked income distributions.[4] His published academic writings range widely from his prize-winning[5] 2011 paper on the shifting global economy - mapping the eastwards movement in the world's economic center of gravity away from its 1980s mid-Atlantic location[6] - to work while still a graduate student on the appendix to the famous Monetarist paper "Some Unpleasant Monetarist Arithmetic" (by Thomas Sargent and Neil Wallace).[7] Quah calls The Great Shift East the move in the world's economic center of gravity out of the mid-Atlantic location where it had been for most of the 19th and 20th centuries, pulled by the rise of economies in the east. Between 1980 and 2010 that economic center of gravity moved 5,000 km east, to the Persian Gulf, on a trajectory that continues to take it towards the boundary between India and China.[8]

Although the early part of his career saw close attention to technical developments in timeseries econometrics, Quah became heavily influenced by the approach to communicating ideas exemplified in the work of Edward Tufte,[9] and sought similar dissemination of his research to a wider audience.

Public Dissemination[edit]

Quah's TED talks include "Global Tensions From a Rising East"[10] (March 2012) and "Economics, Democracy, and the New World Order"[11] (August 2014).



  1. ^ LSE Research and Expertise: Danny Quah http://www.lse.ac.uk/researchAndexpertise/experts/profile.aspx?KeyValue=d.quah%40lse.ac.uk
  2. ^ Blanchard, Olivier Jean; Quah, Danny (1989). "The Dynamic Effects of Aggregate Demand and Supply Disturbances". American Economic Review 79 (4): 655–673. JSTOR 1827924. 
  3. ^ Quah, D. T. (1997). "Empirics for Growth and Distribution: Stratification, Polarization, and Convergence Clubs". Journal of Economic Growth 2: 27. doi:10.1023/A:1009781613339. 
  4. ^ Quah, Danny (1993). "Galton's Fallacy and Tests of the Convergence Hypothesis". Scandinavian Journal of Economics (Blackwell) 95 (4): 427–443. JSTOR 3440905. 
  5. ^ Quah, Danny. 2012. “How we miss the Great Shift East.” Global Policy, (May 17). http://globalpolicyjournal.com/blog/17/05/2012/how-we-miss-great-shift-east
  6. ^ Quah, D. (2011). "The Global Economy's Shifting Centre of Gravity". Global Policy 2: 3. doi:10.1111/j.1758-5899.2010.00066.x. 
  7. ^ Thomas J. Sargent and Neil Wallace, “Some unpleasant monetarist arithmetic,” Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Quarterly Review, Summer 1981
  8. ^ Quah, D. (2011). "The Global Economy's Shifting Centre of Gravity". Global Policy 2: 3. doi:10.1111/j.1758-5899.2010.00066.x. 
  9. ^ Tufte, Edward. 2001. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Second Edition. New Haven: Graphics Press
  10. ^ Global Tensions From a Rising East. TEDxLSE March 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nnQq4lP_6o
  11. ^ Economics, Democracy, and the New World Order. TEDxKL August 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTRTF85ozZM

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