Paul Segal

Reader in Economics of Development, King's College London

Visting Fellow, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics


I am a development economist at the Department of International Development, King's College London, and a Visiting Fellow at LSE's International Inequalities Institute. My research covers inequalities both globally and within countries, poverty, the economics of natural resources, and economic history and development. I have a strong interest in interdisciplinary approaches, combining economic sociology and political economy with the economics of inequality. I also teach macroeconomics and development economics and write occasional policy articles for and the Guardian.

I am also a co-author of the CORE Economics project, where I contributed on macroeconomics, inequality, and the economics of developing countries.

My most recent research develops new interdisciplinary approaches to economic inequality. This includes both theoretical work combining normative concerns and measurement issues, and empirical fieldwork in Mexico City on multidimensional inequalities, in collaboration with Oxfam Mexico. I am currently working on the relationship between social reproduction and economic inequality.

Latest work

Inequality and the Chinese elite: Between international convergence and national divergence, British Journal of Sociology

Inequality as entitlements over labour, Socio-Economic Review

Inequality, Living Standards and Growth: Two Centuries of Economic Development in Mexico (with Ingrid Bleynat and Amilcar Challú), Economic History Review (blog post here).

Blog Post at INET: Inequality Represents a Wasted Opportunity for Poverty Reduction.

No somos iguales: Special issue and website of Chilango magazine on our new project (with Ingrid Bleynat) on multidimensional inequalities in Mexico City.