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Dr Laurence Roope

Dr Laurence Roope

Laurence Roope

BSc (Hons) MSc PhD

Senior Researcher

Laurence joined the Health Economics Research Centre in January 2013, after completing a PhD in Economics at the University of Manchester. He also holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Durham and an MSc in Econometrics from the University of Manchester. During his time in Manchester, Laurence was a member of the Microeconomics and Mathematical Economics Research Area Group. He was also a doctoral researcher at the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) (now part of the Global Development Institute), where he maintains an affiliation as an External Associate.

Laurence’s research interests lie broadly within development economics, with particular interests in poverty, inequality, health, and human capital. Much of his work has involved developing new indices of poverty, and of societal welfare or progress, and analysing them empirically to identify possible policy implications. He is especially interested in the relationship between economic growth and inequality, and how to make economic growth more inclusive. He has also recently developed an interest in Behavioural Economics and is currently engaged in a project, funded by the NIHR, to investigate the possible impact of time preferences, risk attitudes, and other personal characteristics, on the over-consumption of antibiotics.

Laurence has worked as a consultant for the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), is a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), and has extensive experience working as a professional econometrician in the private sector.



Dutta, I., Roope, L. and Zank, H. (2013), “On Intertemporal Poverty Measures: The Role of Affluence and Want,” Social Choice and Welfare, 41, 741–762. 

Anand, P., Gray, A., Liberini, F., Roope, L., Smith, R. and Thomas, R. (2015), “Wellbeing Over 50,” The Journal of the Economics of Ageing, 6, 68–78.

Anand, P. and Roope, L. (2016), “The Development and Happiness of Very Young Children,” Social Choice and Welfare, 47, 825–851.

Niño-Zarazúa, M., Roope, L. and Tarp, F. (2017), “Global Inequality: Relatively lower, absolutely higher,” Review of Income and Wealth, 63, 661–684.

You, J., Wang, S. and Roope, L. (2018), “Intertemporal Deprivation in Rural China: Income and Nutrition,” 16, 61–101 Journal of Economic Inequality.   

Roope, L., Niño-Zarazúa, M. and Tarp, F. (2018), “How Polarized is the Global Income Distribution?” forthcoming, Economics Letters.