Robert Wade (scholar)
|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
|Alma mater||Sussex University|
|Notable awards||Leontief Prize|
Robert Hunter Wade (born 1944) is a political economy and development scholar. He is currently Professor of Political Economy and Development at the Department of International Development, London School of Economics.
He was born in Australia to New Zealand parents. He was educated in Wellington, New Zealand, and Sussex University.
He has worked at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex from 1972–1995. On leave from IDS, he worked at the World Bank 1984-88; the Office of Technology Assessment (US Congress) 1988; Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School) 1989-90; MIT (Sloan School and Political Science) 1990-91. He was professor of political economy at Brown University (Watson Institute and Political Science) 1996-99. He held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton 1992-3, Russell Sage Foundation, New York 1997-98, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin 2000-01.
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)
- 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
In 2008, Wade received (jointly with José Antonio Ocampo) the Leontief Prize in recognition of his outstanding contribution to economic theory that addresses contemporary realities and supports just and sustainable societies.