Matthieu Teachout

Matthieu Teachout is the Research Director at the IGC London Hub. He was previously the Research Programme Advisor since July 2019, where he guided the development of the four new Evidence Papers and the Research Strategy. His fields of research are in development economics and industrial organisation.

Matthieu did his PhD at Columbia. His co-authored paper on exporter quality upgrading won the Oliver Williamson Award last year and is R&R at JPE. He has worked with the IGC Myanmar team as a PI on an IGC research project focusing on the Thilawa SEZ. He has also been a short term consultant for the World Bank, the head of the financial engineering department of a state-owned guarantee fund in Senegal, and managed a large campaigning initiative for En March! during France’s 2017 elections.

Content by Matthieu Teachout
  • Blog post

    Ideas matter: Celebrating 50 years of development economics research

    Since the IGC was founded a bit more than 10 years ago, the organisation has supported many projects and researchers that gave rise to transformational ideas in the field of economic development and growth. We are today publishing The Little Book of Growth Ideas presenting a selection of these growth ideas. Given the ongoing crisis related to COVID-19, these ideas remain...

    15 Jul 2020 | Matthieu Teachout

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The economic impact of COVID-19 lockdowns in sub-Saharan Africa

    This brief quantifies the direct and immediate impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on people’s livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa: Using new data on income streams under lockdowns in developing countries, researchers simulate the effects of containment measures implemented by 32 countries, focusing on school, public transport, and workplace closures. The impact of workplace...

    11 May 2020 | Matthieu Teachout, Celine Zipfel

  • Blog post

    Could the economic cost outpace the health impact of COVID-19 in Africa?

    The policy response to the COVID-19 crisis in African countries should not only factor in their weak health capacity, but also the extreme economic vulnerability of its population. It is April 2020 and nearly the entire world is under lockdown to fight COVID-19. Whole sections of the economy have effectively been put on pause. It took 67 days between the first reported...

    3 Apr 2020 | Astrid Haas, Matthieu Teachout

  • Publication - Policy note

    Special Economic Zones: Policy considerations for Uganda

    21 Feb 2020 | Priya Manwaring, Matthieu Teachout

  • Publication - Evidence Paper

    IGC evidence paper - Firms, trade, and productivity (Draft)

    18 Dec 2019 | David Atkin, Dave Donaldson, Imran Rasul, Matthieu Teachout, Eric Verhoogen, Christopher Woodruff

  • Publication - Evidence Paper

    IGC evidence paper - State effectiveness (Draft)

    18 Dec 2019 | Oriana Bandiera, Michael Callen, Katherine E. Casey, Eliana La Ferrara, Camille Landais, Matthieu Teachout

  • Blog post

    The costs of building exporter-buyer relationships in Myanmar

    Despite Myanmar’s recent economic and political liberalisation, the country’s exports remain low. One reason could be the costly search process between foreign buyers and local exporters. Alleviating such costs should be a priority for the government of Myanmar to boost exports. Since 2010, Myanmar has implemented political and economic reforms aimed at spurring growth...

    20 Nov 2019 | Matthieu Teachout

  • 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

  • Project

    Reducing language frictions in Myanmar

    Language barriers hinder operational efficiency, for instance, meetings take longer to complete, there are frequent misunderstandings between foreign and domestic managers and communications are poor. The IGC project 'Spillovers from Special Economic Zones: Micro-evidence from the Myanmar' revealed that, on average, Myanmar managers spend 34% of conversation time on...

    11 Oct 2019 | Rocco Macchiavello, Amit Khandelwal, Matthieu Teachout, Louise Guillouet

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Learning from Thilawa Special Economic Zone (Burmese version)

    15 Mar 2018 | Amit Khandelwal, Rocco Macchiavello, Matthieu Teachout, Sang Hyun Park, Paing Thu Htet

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Learning from Thilawa Special Economic Zone

    Firms in Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) have created around 5,000 jobs inside the zone as of 1 February 2018. Analysis suggests that the most important benefit for workers in the zone is the knowledge and skills they acquire on the job. This benefit is even more important among managers, suggesting that knowledge transfers from workers transitioning to companies...

    15 Mar 2018 | Amit Khandelwal, Rocco Macchiavello, Matthieu Teachout, Sang Hyun Park, Paing Thu Htet

  • Project

    Understanding foreign connections: How Myanmar's top exporters find buyers

    Since 2010, Myanmar has implemented political and economic reforms aimed at spurring growth and increasing the country’s participation in the global economy. Despite these reforms and the removal of international trade sanctions, Myanmar’s exports remain low and the trade deficit is widening. Part of the explanation for this poor performance lies in the fact that...

    12 Jan 2018 | Matthieu Teachout

  • Project

    Spillovers from Special Economic Zones: Micro evidence from Myanmar

    Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are becoming an increasingly popular policy tool to spur job creation and economic development in Myanmar. However, there is little knowledge on how to best leverage their unique advantages. This IGC project evaluated the performance of the only operational SEZ in Myanmar, the Thilawa SEZ. With the Thilawa SEZ management team, it also...

    28 Jul 2017 | Amit Khandelwal, Matthieu Teachout, Rocco Macchiavello

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Myanmar

    Since 2010, the Myanmar government has implemented a broad platform of political and economic reforms aimed at spurring growth and increasing the country’s participation in the global economy. One objective of these reforms is to bring about structural change that makes Myanmar more reliant on the manufacturing sector.  A central component of this strategy is the...

    4 Apr 2016 | Amit Khandelwal, Matthieu Teachout