Danny Quah

Departments of Economics and International Development, LSE


D.Quah picture - 2013 University of London
 International Programme KL Public Lecture, 23 April [Photo 2013.04.23 University of London International Programme KL Public Lecture]

I am Professor of Economics and International Development at LSE, and Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, at LSE's Institute of Global Affairs.

I work on the shifting global economy and the rise of the east. My current writing is on global hegemony and world leadership in global economic policy-making. I think of my empirical research as seeking to make large things visible to the naked eye.

My office hours are Tuesdays 1130h-1330h - for priority, book a slot via LSE For You.

At LSE I am Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS, Academic Director of the Executive Summer School, and Chair of the Board of the LSE-PKU Summer School.

I am Tan Chin Tuan Visiting Professor in the Economics Department at the National University of Singapore. May-June 2010, I was visiting professor of economics at Tsinghua University, Beijing; April 2011, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. I served on Malaysia’s National Economic Advisory Council, 2009-2011.

My public lectures are available online, among them “East Beats West?”; “627mn Chinese”; “Global Tensions from a Rising East”; and “Economics, Democracy, and the New World Order”.



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I blog here (in English, Chinese, and R), and I tweet on Twitter, Weibo, and 1s. My LSE eprints and Google Scholar pages, and CV [with Non-English appendix] give more detail.


08 April 2015 改革措施得力 经济增速合理-China's New Normal: What These Reforms Might Achieve” (originally published China's People's Daily 02 April 2015. English version “China's New Normal and the AIIB” 09 April 2015)

30 March 2015Lee Kuan Yew: An Appreciation. He Broke the Model.” The Malay Mail, 30 March 2015 (“李光耀提供了西方治理的替代模式FT Chinese, 23 March 2015) (DQ site version, 23 March 2015)

18 February 2015The Simple Arithmetic of China's Growth Slowdown” Brookings Future Development, February 2015 (“中国经济减速可怕吗?两道算术题帮你得出答案Guancha.cn Syndicate, March 2015)

24 January 2015 世界希望中国展示领导力-The World Needs China’s Leadership” (originally published, China's People's Daily, 30 January 2013)

23 January 2015中国必须考虑的平衡–Rebalancing China’s Concerns ” (Interview by Wanjun WU, China's Money Weekly, Nanfang Media Group. Originally published Dec 2012)

23 January 2015大男子气概”的经济学需要更多的包容--This needs to be more inclusive, less fuelled by machismo” (CDS Interview - Part 2)

16 January 2015反思:当初竟用了''经济增长和经济学''这类惨无人 道的无聊标题--Just how insanely boring can someone make something that's actually so important?” (CDS Interview - Part 1)

15 Nov 2014Convergence Determines Governance - Within and WithoutBrookings, November 2014

10 Nov 2014Chinese Lessons: Singapore's Epic Regression to the MeanWorld Bank Future Development, November 2014 (“中国经济放缓不可怕,” FT Chinese, 15 December 2014)

18 August 2014 Look to Asia for the Rebirth of Democracy”. World Economic Forum, August 2014 (“民主重生还看亚洲,” Guancha Syndicate, 03 October 2014)

30 July 2014 It Is Not Easy Being The Leader Of The World”. Global Policy, July 2014

24 July 2014The World Needs New Leadership Not From Those Whose Lives Have Been Easy, But From Those Whose Lives Have Been Hard”. Global Policy, July 2014

23 July 2014 How We Choose Our Political Leaders Tells the World a Lot About Us”. Democratic Audit, July 2014 (“如何选择全球领袖:美国主导的单极世界vs.国际公务员机制,” Guancha Syndicate, 20 October 2014)

18 July 2014 This Growth Model is Just Not Sustainable in the Long Run”. Global Policy, July 2014

14 June 2014 Adam Smith and Little Fingers”.

17 March 2014Malaysia — Why The World Wants InThe Edge Malaysia, 17 March 2014

04 December 2013Beyond China and India”, LSE Connect, Winter 2013

20 October 2013 “Is China’s Economy Crashing?”, BOAO Review, October 2013 (in Chinese and English)

18 October 2013A Globalised Renminbi Can Transform Both China and London.” Financial Times, 18 October 2013 (“人民币国际化将改变中国和伦敦.” FT Chinese, 23 October 2013)

14 October 2013The End of US Exceptionalism.” Global Policy, October 2013

05 September 2013Global Hegemony. In One Picture”, Global Policy, August 2013

18 July 2013China and the Middle Income Trap: Indiscriminate Tuna Fishing”, Global Policy, July 2013

27 June 2013 “Asia’s Economic Growth: Political Legitimacy in the Balance” [PDF, July 2013]. Chinese version, June 2013: [PDF | online]

03 February 2013China’s Journey to the West”, Global Policy, February 2013

Global Policy [archive]

EconoMonitor [archive]


06 June 2012 Economics, Democracy, and the New World Order Parts of our current global system carry hypocritical and damaging inconsistencies. While the TransAtlantic Axis seeks to disseminate democratic ideals throughout the world, today’s system of global governance built on US benevolent hegemony is itself deeply undemocratic.

Recorded Calvary Convention Centre, KL. 09 August 2014

14 June 2013 What's wrong with Asia (also with Carl Johan Dalgaard and Jørgen Ørstrøm Møller; with and without math)
Recorded Asian Dynamics Institute University of Copenhagen. 14 June 2013

06 June 2012 Global tensions from a Rising East Will the East slow before it counts? Is the East only big enough to be culpable but not mature enough to be responsible?

Recorded Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE. London. 17 March 2012


06 December 2011 Inaugural LSE Big Questions Lecture East beats West?  Is the East taking over the world? Big questions for young minds: LSE launches new economics lecture for young people online

Recorded Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE. London. 30 June 2011


Global economy's shifting centre of gravity My 2011 animation of the global economy’s shifting center of gravity since 1980. The dots in black are 1980-2007; those in red are 2010-2049 The paper won the GPPN Best Article Prize for 2011.

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