Laurence Roope joined the Health Economics Research Centre in January 2013, after completing a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Manchester. He also holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Durham and an M.Sc. in Econometrics from the University of Manchester. During his time at Manchester, Laurence was a member of the Microeconomics and Mathematical Economics Research Area Group. He was also a Doctoral Researcher at the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) (now part of the Global Development Institute), where he maintains an affiliation as an External Associate. Laurence’s research interests lie broadly within development economics, with particular interests in poverty, inequality, health, and human capital. Much of his work has involved developing new indices of poverty, and of societal welfare or progress, and analysing them empirically to identify possible policy implications. He is especially interested in the relationship between economic growth and inequality, and how to make economic growth more inclusive. He has also recently developed an interest in behavioural economics and is currently engaged in a project, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), to investigate the possible impact of time preferences, risk attitudes, and other personal characteristics, on the over-consumption of antibiotics. Laurence has worked as a Consultant for the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), is a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), and has extensive experience working as a professional econometrician in the private sector.
Income inequality in a globalising world
17 Feb 2017
Since the turn of the century, income inequality has risen to be among the most prominent policy issues of our time. This column looks at inequality trends in recent decades. While relative global inequality has fallen, insufficient economic convergence, together with substantial growth in per capita incomes, has resulted in increased absolute inequality since the mid-1970s. The inclusivity aspect of growth is now more imperative than ever.
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