Kunal Sen


Kunal Sen is a leading international expert on the political economy of growth and development with over three decades of experience in academic and applied development economics research. From 2019 he is the Director of UNU-WIDER. He is also a professor of development economics at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester. In addition to his work as a professor of development economics, Kunal Sen has been the Joint Research Director of the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) research centre, and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Labor Economics in Bonn. He has also served in advisory roles with national governments and bilateral and multilateral development agencies, including the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He has been awarded the Sanjaya Lall Prize in 2006 and Dudley Seers Prize in 2003 for his publications.

Jan 1, 2017
Kunal Sen

What Explains the Job Creating Potential of Industrialisation in the Developing World?

This paper examines why job creation in the manufacturing sector has differed widely across developing countries, using a modified Lewis model that captures the scale, composition and labour intensity effects of industrialisation on job creation. We show that while the scale effect has been mostly p...

Jan 1, 2016

The location choice of US foreign direct investment: how do institutions matter?

We look at the institutional determinants of both within- and across-country variations in US foreign direct investment (FDI) flows over time. The strength of our approach is that in contrast to the previous work that has focused on average FDI flows across countries, we are able to explain both the...

Jan 1, 2016
Rajesh SN Raj, Kunal Sen

Moving out of the bottom of the economy? Constraints to firm transition in the Indian informal manufacturing sector

The predominant type of firms in developing countries is small family firms and the self-employed in the informal sector. Very few family firms make the transition to larger firms employing non-family labour. In this paper, we examine the reasons for the low presence of firms employing non-family la...

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