Antonio Savoia


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Dr Savoia's research has looked at the determinants of governance and institutional performance and how they impinge on development outcomes and policies. His teaching experience includes economics of governance, economics of inequality, development finance, macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics. Alongisde his teaching and research activities, he also enjoys contributing to the policy debate. He was a researcher at the Effective States and Inclusive Development centre at the University of Manchester and has previously worked at the University of Exeter, the University of Reading and the University of Bath (where he received his Ph.D.).

Dr Savoia is a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the United Nations University - World Institute for Development Economics Research.

Research interests

Economics of institutions and governance, economics of inequality, political economy of development.

Recent research projects

Work in progress:

  • Determinants of fiscal capacity in developing economies
  • On the origins of financial development: the role of inequality
  • Institutional development and the profile of inequality: distinguishing between the effects of inequality in different parts of the income distribution
  • Millennium Development Goals and governance: can we learn from Bangladesh?

Completed projects (funded through ESID):

  • On the political economy of measuring state capacity and governance: mapping transnational approaches and their production, principal investigator.
  • Mapping the elites of development: a cross-national dataset of policy makers’ educational and professional backgrounds: principal investigator.
  • Determinants of state capacity in developing economies: principal investigator.


Development economics, economics of governance and institutions, econometrics, development finance, macroeconomics, economics of inequality, political economy.

Current teaching contributions:

  • Research skills for economic development: quantitative methods.
  • Economics of governance and development.
  • Contemporary issues in development finance.
  • Masters dissertation supervision.

Further information

Administrative responsibilities

  • GDI director for Teaching & Learning.
  • Co-director of the MSc Development Finance.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Senior Non-resident Fellow, United Nations University - World Institute for Development Economics Research

Jan 2020 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Global Development Institute


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