Dr Ha-Joon Chang earned his B.A. from the Department of Economics, Seoul National University, Korea, and earned his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge. He has taught at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, since 1990. He has also served as a member of the editorial board of Cambridge Journal of Economics since 1992
He is the author of a number of books that have brought him international renown. His most recent book 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism was published in September 2010, and challenges some widely-held assumptions about market economics: There's no such thing as a 'free' market. Globalisation isn't making the world richer. We don't live in a digital world - the washing machine has changed lives more than the internet. Poor countries are more entrepreneurial than rich ones. Higher paid managers don't produce better results.
It has drawn praise from reviewers: "Incisive and entertaining ... scathing about the conventional wisdom" Robert Skidelsky, New Statesman. "Where mainstream economic debate is often stiflingly narrow, Chang talks about 19th-century Germany, 21st-century China and many other points besides. Where economics is dry, this Cambridge professor delights in paradox The Guardian. "A masterful debunking of some of the myths of capitalism... For anyone who wants to understand capitalism not as economists or politicians have pictured it but as it actually operates, this book will be invaluable." John Gray, The Observer. "Lively and provocative book... Read this book " David Smith, Economics Editor, Sunday Times. Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang debunks received wisdom on everything from the importance of the internet to the idea that people in the United States enjoy the highest standard of living in the world; an iconoclastic attitude that has won him fans such as Bob Geldof and Noam Chomsky." Rachel Shields, The Independent
His previous book Bad Samaritans: Rich Nations, Poor Policies and the Threat to the Developing World was published in 2007, 'A smart, lively and provocative book that offers us compelling new ways to look at globalization' Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2001 Every orthodoxy needs effective critics. Ha-Joon Chang is probably the world's most effective critic of globalization' Martin Wolf, Financial Times.
He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the Asian Development Fund and the European Investment Bank, as well as Oxfam and various United Nations agencies. He is a fellow at the Center for Economics and Policy Research in Washington. He has also worked as a consultant for the governments of Canada, Japan, South Africa, the UK, and Venezuela on development policies.