Dr Maia King
Lecturer in Economics
Maia joins King’s College London from the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and she has a PhD in Economics from Queen Mary, University of London. Before her PhD, Maia worked as an economist at HM Treasury, an ODI Fellow in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Madagascar, and the Macro-Fiscal Analysis Unit of the Liberian Ministry of Finance, and as a researcher and adviser at the ODI Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure.
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Maia’s research relates to the economics of governance institutions, public finance and budgets, policy making, and social and economic networks. Recent research on the political economy of foreign aid explores the interactions between the agency of policymakers and governance institutions, and how aid interventions could create space for local decision-making. This includes an impact project to develop a decision mapping tool for supporting localisation efforts in aid, funded by ESRC IAA and KCL.
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Maia welcomes PhD applications on topics closely related to her research interests, from applicants with at least two years of non-academic work experience. E-mail enquiries should include a research proposal, CV and information on timing and funding.
General enquiries about PhD study in DPE from applicants looking to return to academia following professional employment elsewhere are also welcome.
- With C Hood, I McLean, B Piotrowska (2023), The Way the Money Goes: The Fiscal Constitution and Public Spending in the UK Oxford University Press
- With A Baguios, A Martins, R Pinnington (2021) Are we there yet? Localisation as the journey towards locally led practice | ODI
- With N Allouch (2021), Welfare targeting in networks Journal of Mathematical Economics
- (2020) Walk-Independence Probabilities and WIP Centrality: a new heuristic for diffusion probabilities in networks
- (2020) Why does local agency matter? Enabling the local decision space for aid recipients
- With B Tarbush, A Teytelboym (2019), Targeted carbon tax reforms, European Economic Review
- With N Allouch (2019), Constrained public goods in networks, Journal of Public Economic Theory
- (2017), Whom can you trust? Reputation and co-operation in networks