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Dr Paul  Segal
Dr Paul Segal

Dr Paul Segal

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Reader in Economics of Development

Research subject areas

  • Economics
  • Equality
  • International development
  • Policy

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Dr Paul Segal is a Reader in Economics of Development. He is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute at the LSE, where he is also on the Programme Board of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity, and an Affiliated Scholar at the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, New York.

He completed his DPhil at Nuffield College, Oxford. He has been a Research Fellow at Harvard University and at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, and Lecturer in Economics at the University of Sussex. He has been a Leverhulme Research Fellow, and a Visiting Scholar at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico City.

Prior to his doctoral studies he was a Consultant Economist at the United Nations Development Programme as part of the core team writing the Human Development Report 2002. He is a co-author of 'CORE: The economy', an open-access approach to teaching economics based on recent developments in economics and other social sciences, that grounds economic interactions in society, institutions and history. Personal website:


  • Inequality
  • Poverty
  • Development
  • Social reproduction

Paul Segal is an economist of inequality, development, and history. He has published widely on the global distribution of income and pioneered the use of the new top incomes data in the estimation of global inequality. In addition to the global level he has published on a range of developing countries including Argentina, Mexico and China.

His current research develops new interdisciplinary approaches to inequality that combine economics with sociology, political philosophy and political economy, exploring the links between income distribution and relational inequalities. In collaboration with Oxfam Mexico and the magazine Chilango, he designed and implemented a new mixed-methods and multi-stakeholder approach to multidimensional inequality in Mexico City.

His work on global and national elites highlights the social and political implications of economic inequality. He is currently working on the link between income inequality and social reproduction, based on surveys across countries and new field work in Buenos Aires.

PhD supervision

Paul welcomes PhD students who wish to work on economic and social inequalities.

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Further details

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