Professor John Knight

Emeritus Fellow

John Knight is Emeritus Professor of the University and Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall. He was a Tutorial Fellow in Economics for 39 years, from 1967 to 2006. He has been Finance Bursar, and Vice Principal of the Hall.

Coming from South Africa, John spent the first half of his research career studying aspects of African economic development. He was a co-founder of the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) in the Department of Economics. As China opened up, however, he increasingly conducted research on the most interesting economy in the world. His research is mainly on particular aspects of economic development – human resources and education, labour markets, economic inequality, economic growth, well-being and happiness.

John is Academic Director of the Oxford Chinese Economy Programme (OXCEP), which is closely associated with the Hall and which promotes the study of the Chinese economy in Oxford.

John has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters, as well as the following books:

China’s Remarkable Economic Growth, OUP, 2012 (with Sai Ding)

Towards a Labour Market in China, OUP, 2005 (with Lina Song). This received a prize, awarded at Princeton University, for “the outstanding book in labor economics and industrial relations published in 2005”.

The Economic Decline of Zimbabwe: Neither Growth nor Equity, Palgrave, 2001 (with Carolyn Jenkins)

The Rural-Urban Divide: Economic Disparities and Interactions in China, OUP, 1999 (with Lina Song)

Education, Productivity and Inequality: the East African Natural Experiment, OUP and World Bank, 1990 (with Richard Sabot).

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