Department of Economics, Centre for Sustainable Structural Transformation & Development Leadership Dialogues Institute

Professor Ha-Joon Chang

Key information

Department of Economics Research Professor of Economics Centre for Sustainable Structural Transformation Co-director Development Leadership Dialogues Institute Co-director
BA (Seoul National), MPhil, PhD (Cantab.)
Russell Square: College Buildings
Rm. 278
Email address
Telephone number
0207 898 4832


Ha-Joon Chang is Research Professor at the Department of Economics of SOAS University of London and Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Structural Transformation (CSST).

Ha-Joon Chang has worked on a wide range of issues related to economic development, especially trade and industrial policies, productive capabilities development, institutions and development, global economic system, the history of economic development in today’s rich countries, and the political economy of development.

In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, he has published 17 authored books (five co-authored) and 11 edited books (seven co-edited). His main books include The Political Economy of Industrial Policy, Kicking Away the Ladder, Bad Samaritans, 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism, and Economics: The User’s Guide. His latest book is Edible Economics. His writings have been translated and published in 45 languages and 46 countries. Worldwide, his books have sold around 2.5 million copies.

Chang has advised numerous international organizations, national governments, civil society organizations, and corporations (both private-sector and public). He is currently a member of CDP (Committee for Development Policy), the highest advisory body of the United Nations on development issues, as well as committees overseeing or advising other international organizations (e.g., UNRISD, AIIB) and academic bodies (e.g., IDS, Sussex). Chang is the winner of the 2003 Gunnar Myrdal Prize and the 2005 Wassily Leontief Prize.

Key publications

For recent papers and op-eds, see:

Research interests

  • Industrial policy
  • Trade policy
  • Productive capabilities
  • Political economy
  • Global economic system
  • Institutions
  • History of development


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