This is the website of Owen Barder, a development economist. Owen is Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the LSE. Owen was a civil servant for a quarter of a century, working in Number 10, the Treasury and the Department for International Development. Owen hosts the Development Drums podcast, and is the author Running for Fitness, the book and website.
Should the profits on scotch whisky be taxed in Scotland, where it is made, or China where it is sold? And what about Google?
This isn’t the first time that Bill Gates and the UK government have announced a $3bn plan to eradicate malaria.
There is nothing inherently wrong with price discrimination. But some of the mechanisms firms use to enforce it have huge welfare costs.