Saumik Paul

Newcastle University, UK, and IZA, Germany

I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to World of Labor. Labor income share is an important topic, and this article makes a timely entry as there is a growing concern over a global decline in the labor income share. I hope that policymakers and academics alike will find this article useful

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Current position

Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Newcastle University London, UK

Research interest

labor income share, structural transformation, and land reform

Past positions

Research Economist, Asian Development Bank Institute (2017–2019); Associate Professor, IER, Hitotsubashi University, Japan (2016–2017); Associate & Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham (MC) (2012–2016)


PhD Economics, Claremont Graduate University, USA, 2008

Selected publications

  • Labor Income Share in Asia: Measurement, Drivers and Policy. New York: Springer, Forthcoming (Editor with G. Fields).

  • Labor Income Share: Explaining the Global Decline. London: Palgrave Macmillan, Forthcoming.

  • “The effect of skilled emigration on real exchange rates through the wage channel.” Journal of International Money and Finance 89 (2018): 139–153 (with A. Ouyang).

  • “Displacement, compensation and channels of endurance: An industrialization-led development saga.” Oxford Development Studies 45:3 (2017): 240–259 (with V. Sarma).

  • “Reversal of fortune? The long-term effect of conservation-led displacement in Nepal.” Oxford Development Studies 44:4 (2016): 401–419 (with C. Lam and V. Sarma).