Matei Alexianu

Matei Alexianu was previously a Policy Economist in the IGC London Hub. He was also an Associate Consultant at McKinsey & Company’s Africa Delivery Hub in Nairobi, Kenya. In this role, he worked with East African government clients on public finance reform in areas such as revenue collection operations, fiscal policy, and monitoring and evaluation. He has also advised private sector clients in Europe, Asia and North America on IT and telecommunications strategy and operations, and was previously a Junior Project Manager at Adam Smith International in London.

Matei holds a BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and an MSc Economics from the London School of Economics. His primary research interests lie in public finance, institutions, and state effectiveness.

Content by Matei Alexianu
  • Publication - Project Report

    Electricity is not an entitlement: How social norms constrain access to electricity

    27 Mar 2020 | Robin Burgess, Michael Greenstone, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan, Matei Alexianu

  • Publication - Synthesis paper

    Monetary policy in Tanzania: Looking back on 10-years of BoT and IGC contributions

    This paper synthesises the International Growth Centre’s work on monetary policy in Tanzania during its 10 years of involvement in the region, placing it in the context of the wider literature on the topic. It begins with an overview of the primary debates around the theory and practice of monetary policy in sub-Saharan Africa since independence, including recent efforts...

    14 Feb 2020 | Matei Alexianu

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Suffocating prosperity: Air pollution and economic growth in developing countries

    Air pollution is a silent killer that imposes substantial welfare and economic costs. Yet, people and governments underinvest in clean air. Policymakers must intervene with innovative solutions. Historically, economic growth and the externalities of growth have been studied and dealt with separately. However, we are now reaching the point where the externalities of...

    5 Dec 2019 | Paulina Oliva, Matei Alexianu, Rania Nasir

  • Publication - Synthesis paper

    Doing Special Economic Zones right: A policy framework

    Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have become a popular policy instrument around the world. Encouraged by the success stories of SEZs in the 1980s and 1990s in East Asia, policymakers in the developing world increasingly see them as a way to easily promote industrial development, attract foreign investment, and stimulate job creation. However, results have not always lived up...

    5 Nov 2019 | Matei Alexianu, Moussa Saab, Matthieu Teachout, Amit Khandelwal

  • Blog post

    Escaping the fragility trap: Lessons from Myanmar

    State fragility imperils people’s lives and prevents long-run economic prosperity. In July 2019, the IGC co-hosted a large academic conference in Yangon, Myanmar on this critical issue. Several important lessons emerged for states struggling with fragility. State fragility, the situation where government institutions have weak capacity or low legitimacy, affects many of...

    19 Aug 2019 | Matei Alexianu

  • Blog post

    Is green growth possible? Revisiting the Environmental Kuznets curve

    Can economic growth be environment friendly? IGC Policy Economist, Matei Alexianu, looks at what we can learn from economic theory and evidence from around the world. He argues that both the optimistic and pessimistic views are unconvincing, and developing countries should use environmental policy to mitigate the costs of growth. Is there a trade-off between economic...

    2 Jan 2019 | Matei Alexianu