Jonathan Haughton, PhD

Professor, Economics

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Senior Economist, Beacon Hill Institute


  • PhD, Harvard University
  • BA(Mod), Trinity College, Dublin
  • Chartered Financial Analyst

Employment History

Held faculty positions at Wellesley College (1996-97), Northeastern University (1989-1996), 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); Visiting Professor, Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (occasional, 2012, 2013, 2014); and Université Cheikh Anta Diop (2012), Kaplan/Schweser (since 2001), and Temple University, Japan (summer 1987). Has undertaken assignments for the World Bank, USAID, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Department for International Development (UK), Ford Foundation, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, UNDP, and Soros Foundation.



  • [1] Living Standards Analytics: Development Through the Lends of Household Survey Data, Springer, New York, 2012. [With Dominique Haughton].
  • [2] Handbook on Poverty and Inequality, World Bank, Washington DC. 2009. [With Shahid Khandker].

Edited Books

  • [3] Living Standards during an Economic Boom: Vietnam 1993-1998, December 2001. United Nations Development Program and Statistical Publishing House, Hanoi. [With Dominique Haughton and Nguyen Phong].
  • [4] Health and Wealth in Vietnam: An Analysis of Household Living Standards 1999. Institute for Southeast Studies Press, Singapore. [With Sarah Bales, Truong Thi Kim Chuyen, Dominique Haughton and Nguyen Nguyet Nga].
  • [5] 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 (Political Publishing House), Hanoi, 1004. [With David Dapice and Dwight Perkins].


  • [6] The Politics of Local Government Stabilization Funds. Forthcoming in Public Administration Review. [With Douglas Snow and Jerry Gianakis].
  • [7] Microcredit on a Large Scale: Appraising the Thailand Village Fund. Forthcoming in Asian Economic Journal. [With Shahid Khandker and Pungpond Rukumnuaykit].
  • [8] Student Performance in an Introductory Business Statistics Course: Does Delivery Mode Matter? Forthcoming in Journal of Education for Business. [With Alison Kelly].
  • [9] The Surprising Effects of the Great Recession: Losers and Winners in Thailand in 2008-09, World Development, 2014, 56: 77-92. [With Shahid Khandker].
  • [10] Bubble Rap: Visualizing Poverty Dynamics, Case Studies in Business, Industrial, and Government Statistics, 2012, 5(1): 67-74.
  • [11] Why is Agricultural Trade within ECOWAS So High? Journal of African Economies, 2013, 22(1):22-51. [With Abdoulaye Seck, Lassana Cissokho, and Kossi Makpayo].
  • [12] Evaluating the Impact of Egyptian Social Fund for Development Programs, Journal of Development Effectiveness, 2010, 2(4): 521-555. [With Hala Abou-Ali, Hesham El-Azony, Heba El-Laithy, and Shahidur Khandker].
  • [13] Ethnic Minority Development in Vietnam. Journal of Development Studies, 2007, 43(7): 1151-1176. [With Bob Baulch, Truong Thi Kim Chuyen, and Dominique Haughton].
  • [14] Tax Incidence in Vietnam, Asian Economic Journal 20(2): 217-239, 2006. [With Nguyen The Quan and Nguyen Hoang Bao].
  • [15] The Incidence of State-Level Taxes on Oil and Gas, Public Finance Review, 2006, 34(5): 527-550. [With David G. Tuerck].
  • [16] Explaining the Pattern of Regional Unemployment: The Case of the Midi-Pyrenees Region, Papers in Regional Science, 82: 155-174, 2003. [With Yves Aragon et al.]
  • [17] Ten Puzzles and Surprises: Economic and Social Change in Vietnam, 1993-1998, Comparative Economic Studies, fall 2000, 17(4): 67-92.
  • [18] Explaining Child Nutrition in Vietnam, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 1997, 45(3), 541-556. [With Dominique Haughton].
  • [19] Gasoline Tax as a Corrective Tax: Estimates for the United States, 1970-1991, Energy Journal, April 1996, 17(2), 103-126. [With Soumodip Sarkar].
  • [20] Son Preference in Vietnam, Studies in Family Planning, November/December 1995, pp. 325-337. [With Dominique Haughton].
  • [21] Adding Mystery to the Case of the Missing Currency, Quarterly Review of Economics and Business, 1995, 595-602.
  • [22] Designing VAT Systems: How Many Rates and At What Levels? Review of Economics and Statistics, 1996, 78(2): 303-308. [With Ali Agha].


  • [23] Chapter 1: Historical Background, and Chapter 7: Growth in Output and Living Standards. In John O'Hagan and Carol Newman (eds.), Economy of Ireland (12th edition), Gill and Macmillan, Dublin. 2014.
  • [24] "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.


  • [25] Urban Poverty Assessment in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City: Executive Summary. For UNDP, Hanoi People's Committee, and Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee. November 2010. [With Le Thi Thanh Loan et al.].
  • [26] The Informal Sector, Business Climate and Firm Growth: WAEMU Countries in Comparative Perspective; for World Bank, October 31, 2010. [With Dominique Haughton and Aly Mbaye].
  • [27] Vietnam: Country Report. Principal author, 1996-2008. For Economist Intelligence Unit, London.
  • [28] 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].
  • [29] An Economic Analysis of a Wind Farm in Nantucket Sound. Beacon Hill Institute, Boston. Submitted to Army Corps of Engineers, May 2004. [With Douglas Giuffre, John Barrett and David Tuerck].
  • [30] Metro Area and State Competitiveness Report 2003. Beacon Hill Institute, Boston, December 2003. [With Cagdas Sirin]. Also helped update reports in most years since then.

Awards & Honors

  • 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).
  • Google Scholar: 1,473 citations; ResearchGate (RG) score: 17.0. [Updated September 2014.]
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Courses Taught

  • EC 131 – Environmental and Resource Economics
  • 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 – Development Economics
  • EC 745 – International Financial Economics
  • EC 825 – Advanced Public Finance
  • EC 826 – Financial Economics
  • EC 831 – International Trade Policy