Adam Aboobaker

Adam Aboobaker


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Adam Aboobaker is a Lecturer in Development Economics at the Global Development Institute. He researches within the area of growth and distribution; in particular, issues related to class conflict and structural transformation. 

He completed his bachelors degree (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at the University of Cape Town. He has masters degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (Economics), Université Paris XIII - Sorbonne Paris Cité (Analyse et Politique Économique), and University of the Witwatersrand (Development Theory and Policy), respectively. He completed his doctorate (Economics) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

Adam is interested in supervising PhD students interested in researching topics in the areas of growth and distribution, including within the following topics:

  1. Interactions between income distribution and sectoral structure/long-run growth. 
  2. Consumption patterns, income distribution, and climate change.
  3. Wage inequality and growth.
  4. Structuralist, post-Keynesian, and neo-Marxian theories of growth.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Amherst

… → 2022

Master of Arts, University of Massachusetts Amherst

… → 2019

Master of Arts, University of Paris XIII

… → 2016

Master of Arts, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

… → 2016

Bachelor of Social Science, University of Cape Town

… → 2013

External positions

Fellow, Word Inequality Database

2023 → …

Visiting researcher, Southern Centre for Inequality Studies

2022 → …

Committee Member, Post-Keynesian Economic Society

2021 → …

Areas of expertise

  • HB Economic Theory
  • Growth and development
  • Structural transformation
  • Inequality
  • Climate change


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