Danny Quah
Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS

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D.Quah picture - 2015.04.23 Nexus KL Public Lecture [Photo 2015.04.23 Nexus KL Public Lecture]

I am Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the National University of Singapore.

[Until July 2016 I was Professor of Economics and International Development, and Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre at LSE.]

I work on the shifting global economy and the rise of the east. My current writing is on economic principles for re-thinking world order and empirics for a shifting global economy. I think of my empirical research as trying to make large things visible to the naked eye.

I served on Malaysia’s National Economic Advisory Council, 2009-2011.

My NUS blog and teaching page are the best places to find NUS-specific content.

My public lectures are available online, among them these:

13 May 2015 American Decline: Global Power in the 21st Century Is America in decline? Where now the age of US unipolarity? What narrative will carry world leadership in the 21st century? (with Profs ME Cox and Peter Trubowitz of the International Relations Department at LSE)

Recorded LSE. May 2015

09 August 2014 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

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



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I blog here (in English, Chinese, and R), and I tweet on Twitter, Weibo, and 1s. My Google Scholar pages, and CV [with Non-English appendix] give more detail; where necessary, the 2-page version is also available.

I'm writing a book Ordering the World: Truth to Power (manuscript only in very rough draft), my attempt to organize the different things I've been writing and speaking on.

I try to keep this updated but don't always succeed. The latest information is more typically found on my Facebook Workpage.

May 2016An Economic Perspective on the International System: Demand, Supply, and a Rational World OrderGlobal Policy

April 2016The World's Tightest Cluster of PeopleGlobal Policy

04 February 2016Why is AIIB Interesting in Fukuyama's War of Models?

19 January 2016Is China's Collapse Finally at Hand?Asia House UK

17 October 2015A Realistically Dangerous Southeast Asian Neighborhood”, The Edge

19 August 2015How China's Rise is Revealing the Cracks in US Claims to Legitimacy as Global Leader”, South China Morning Post

11 August 2015“美国世纪”结束后怎样?-What Happens After the American Century?”, Guancha Syndicate

07 August 2015国际关系学应引入经济学“看不见的 手”-The Invisible Hand in Economics and International Relations”, Guancha Syndicate

05 August 2015Going Rogue: Malaysia and the 1MDB Scandal”, The Diplomat

09 July 2015Economics Might Be a Dismal Field But Try International Relations

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 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

Guancha [archive]

Global Policy [archive]

EconoMonitor [archive]


Where is the World's Tightest Cluster of People, that is, the smallest circle on our 3-dimensional planet that includes at least 50% of the world's population? In 2015 that was the circle 3300km in great-circle radius centred near Mong Khet in Shan State, Myanmar, on the border with China. The World's Tightest Cluster of People 2015
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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