Dr Jostein Hauge

Research Associate

Dr. Jostein Hauge is an economist and a Research Associate at the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at the University of Cambridge. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His research focuses on economic development, industrialisation, technological change, international trade, globalisation, and the role of the state in economic change.


Jostein holds a PhD in Development Economics from the University of Cambridge, where he was supervised by Dr. Ha-Joon Chang. His thesis is entitled “African industrial policy in an era of expanding global value chains: the case of Ethiopia’s textile and leather industries”. Jostein obtained his master’s degree in Development Economics from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, and his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


In addition to his academic research, Jostein writes for outlets such as The Guardian, The Conversation, International Politics and Society, and Africa is a Country. He has done interviews for The Economist, the Financial Times, and the BBC World Business Report. He also advises on policy issues for governments and international organisations, and has co-authored reports for the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.


Jostein also convenes the Politics of Economics seminar series, supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Additionally, he supervises students and takes on teaching responsibilities at the University of Cambridge, specifically for the master’s degree in Industrial Systems, Manufacturing and Management (Institute for Manufacturing), and the master’s degree in Development Studies (Centre of Development Studies).


If you want to know more about his research, take a look at his publications below and/or join the conversation on Twitter: @haugejostein.



Key publications



Hardy, V. and Hauge, J. (2019). “Labour challenges in Ethiopia’s textile and leather industries: no voice, no loyalty, no exit?African Affairs,  adz001,


Hauge, J. and Chang, H-J. (2019). “The Concept of a ‘Developmental State’ in Ethiopia”. In F. Cheru, C. Cramer and A. Oqubay (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Hauge, J. (2017). “Africa’s Industrial Policy Challenge: Does the Expansion of Global Value Chains Call for New Approaches?” In C. Denzin and C. Cabrera (eds.), New Approaches to Productive Development: State, Sustainability, and Industrial Policy. Mexico City: Friedrich Ebert Foundation.


Chang, H-J., Hauge, J. and Irfan, M. (2016). Transformative Industrial Policy for Africa. Addis Ababa: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).



Book reviews



Hauge, J. (2017). Made in Africa: Learning to Compete in Industry. Journal of Modern African Studies 55 (2): 331-333.


Hauge, J. (2014). The Role of Elites in Economic Development. Journal of Southeast Asian Economies 31 (1): 157-158.



Essays and op-eds



Eritrea and Ethiopia’s economic dividend. Africa is a Country, 6 December 2018.


Manufacturing still matters: five reasons why the IMF is wrong. The Conversation, 19 June 2018 (republished in Portuguese by Exame, Brazil’s largest economics and business magazine). 


Don’t Rage Against the Machine. International Politics and Society, 24 May 2018 (translated to German and Spanish).


When African Lions become Asian Tigers: African industry needs to enjoy the same protections as its Asian counterparts did in their infancy. International Politics and Society, 16 June 2017.


Why Ethiopia is on track to become Africa’s industrial powerhouse. The Conversation, 22 June 2016 (republished in Quartz and All Africa).


What African economies need: good, old fashioned industrial policy. Africa is a Country, 16 June 2016.


Foreign investment isn’t necessarily good for Africa, but here’s how it can be. African Arguments, 20 August 2015.


Made in India? Why manufacturing is the best route to development. The Guardian, 6 January 2015.


Africa’s economic ‘rise’ does not reflect reality. The Guardian, 3 September 2014.

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