Jonathan Haughton, PhD

Department of Economics
Senior Economist, Beacon Hill Institute

On Sabbatical Spring 2014

Phone: 617-573-8127
Fax: 617-994-4216
Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 1014


  • PhD, Harvard University
  • BA, Trinity College, Dublin


Held faculty positions at Wellesley College (1996-97), Northeastern University (1989-1997), and University of Maryland Baltimore County (1983-1987). Research Associate, Harvard Institute for International Development (1987-89), and Instructor, Harvard University (1982-83).  

Affiliations include Research Fellow, International Tax Program, Harvard Law School (1989-96); Visiting Professor, National Economics University, Hanoi (Jan-May 1994), and Temple University, Japan (summer 1987). Has undertaken assignments for the World Bank, USAID, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Ford Foundation, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, UNDP, and Soros Foundation.


  • Excellent Teacher of the Year award, Northeastern University, 1994.
  • Instructor of the Year award, Political Economy Club, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1985.
  • Allyn Young Prize for excellence in teaching, Harvard University (each year 1978/9 through 1982/3).

Selected Publications


[1] Handbook on Poverty and Inequality [with Shahid Khandker], World Bank, Washington DC. 2009.

Edited Books 

[2] Living Standards during an Economic Boom: Vietnam 1993-1998. [with Dominique Haughton and Nguyen Phong], December 2001. United Nations Development Program and Statistical Publishing House, Hanoi.
[3] Health and Wealth in Vietnam: An Analysis of Household Living Standards. [with Sarah Bales, Truong Thi Kim Chuyen, Dominique Haughton and Nguyen Nguyet Nga], 1999. Institute for Southeast Studies Press, Singapore
[4] Viet Nam cai cach king te cheo huong rong bay (In Search of the Dragons' Trail: Economic Reform in Vietnam), Nha Xuat Ban Chinh Tru Quoc Gia (Politiacl Publishing House), Hanoi, 1004. [with David Dapice and Dwight Perkins].

Selected Articles

[5] Evaluating the Impact of Egyptian Social Fund for Development Programs [with Hala Abou-Ali, Hesham El-Azony, Heba El-Laithy, and Shahidur Khandker]. Journal of Development Effectiveness, 2010, 2(4): 521-555.
[6] Ethnic Minority Development in Vietnam. Journal of Development Studies, 2007, 43(7): 1151-1176. [with Bob Baulch, Truong Thi Kim Chuyen, and Dominique Haughton].
[7] Tax Incidence in Vietnam, Asian Economic Journal 20(2): 217-239, 2006 [with Nguyen The Quan and Nguyen Hoang Bao].
[8] The Incidence of State-Level Taxes on Oil and Gas, Public Finance Review, 2006, 34(5): 527-550 [with David G. Tuerck].
[9] Explaining the Pattern of Regional Unemployment: The Case of the Midi-Pyrenees Region [with Yves Aragon et al.] Papers in Regional Science, 82: 155-174, 2003.
[10] Ten Puzzles and Surprises: Economic and Social Change in Vietnam, 1993-1998, Comparative Economic Studies, Fall 2000, 17(4): 67-92.
[11] Explaining Child Nutrition in Vietnam, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 1997, 45(3), 541-556 [with Dominique Haughton].
[12] Gasoline Tax as a Corrective Tax: Estimates for the United States, 1970-1991, Energy Journal, April 1996, 17(2), 103-126 [with Soumodip Sarkar].
[13] Son Preference in Vietnam, Studies in Family Planning, November/December 1995, pp. 325-337. [with Dominique Haughton].
[14] Adding Mystery to the Case of the Missing Currency, Quarterly Review of Economics and Business, 1995, 595-602.
[15] Designing VAT Systems: How Many Rates and At What Levels?, Review of Economics and Statistics, May 1996, [MS 21 pp.], [with Ali Agha].

Selected Chapters

[16] Growth in Output and Living Standards, Chapter 6 in John O'Hagan and Carol Newman (eds.), Economy of Ireland (10th edition), Gill and Macmillian, Dublin. 2008.
[17] "Reconstruction of War-Torn Economies: Lessons for East Timor," in Hal Hill and Joao Saldanha (eds.), Economic Development of East Timor, Institute for Southeast Asian Studies Press, 2001.

Selected Reports

[18] Urban Poverty Assessment in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City: Executive Summary (with Le Thi Thanh Loan et al.). For UNDP, Hanoi People's Committee, and Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee. November 2010.
[19] The Informal Sector, Business Climate and Firm Growth: WAEMU Countries in Comparative Perspective (with Dominique Haughton and Aly Mbaye), for World Bank, October 31, 2010.
[20] Taxation in Vietnam: Who Pays What?, March 2008. For World Bank, Hanoi.
[21] Vietnam: Country Report. Prinicpal author, 1996-2008. For Economist Intelligence Unit, London.
[22] The Economic Effects of the FairTax: Results from the Beacon Hill Institute CGE Model. September 2006. [41 pp.] [With David Tuerck, Keshab Bhattarai, Phuong Viet Ngo and Alfonso Sanchez-Penalver].
[23] An Economic Analysis of a Wind Farm in Nantucket Sound [with Douglas Giuffre, John Barrett and David Tuerck]. Beacon Hill Institute, Boston. Submitted to Army Corps of Engineers, May 2004.
[24] Metro Area and State Competitiveness Report 2003 [with Cagdas Sirin]. Beacon Hill Institute, Boston, December 2003. Also helped update reports in most years since then.

Courses Taught

EC 141 - Development Economics
EC 151 - Economic & Human Geography
EC 724 - Cost-Benefit Analysis & Impact Evaluation
EC 730 - International Trade Theory and Policy
EC 742 - Transition/Development Economics
EC 745 - International Financial Economics
EC 825 - Advanced Public Finance
EC 831 - International Trade Policy