Matei Alexianu

Matei Alexianu is a Policy Economist in the IGC London Hub. Prior to joining the IGC, Matei was 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 - Growth Brief

    Electricity is not a right: How social norms constrain access to electricity

    The norm that electricity is a right, as opposed to a private good, constrains access to energy and leads to widespread rationing in developing countries. Many developing countries suffer from low electricity access and frequent outages that restrict economic growth. These conditions arise from two primary factors: the norm that electricity is a right guaranteed by the...

    6 Sep 2019 | Robin Burgess, Michael Greenstone, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan, Matei Alexianu

  • 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