Assistant Professor of Economics

Institutional Affiliation

University of Denver
Department of Economics

Education

Ph.D., Economics, University of London
J.D., University of California
M.Sc., Political Economy of Development, University of London
B.A., Global Economics, University of California Santa Cruz

Research Interests

Technological change in emerging economies and the role of the state in development processes

Regional and Thematic Interests

East Asia
Business and Economics; Government/Political Systems

Profile

I received a Ph.D. in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in the United Kingdom and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. My research focuses on alternative approaches to development analysis, technological change in emerging economies and the role of the state in development processes. Because the issues of development are manifold, my research cuts across many disciplines including law, economics, politics and public policy. Between 2011 and 2012, I worked as an Associate Economic Affairs Officer for the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland. I have also consulted for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).

In the bits free time that I have outside of research and teaching, I enjoy photography, mountain biking, trail running, rock climbing and experimental cooking. Until today I am still awaiting perhaps my biggest lifetime adventure - mountain biking through the Himalayas from Tibet to Kathmandu.

Selected Publications

2014. “Learning, Upgrading and Innovation in the Telecommunication Industry in Vietnam: A Rent Management Analysis.” Paper presented at the Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) annual meeting, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 3–5. http://www.aeaweb.org/aea/2014conference/program/retrieve.php?pdfid=364.

2013. “Technology Adoption in Rent Seeking Economies: A Theoretical Framework.” Paper presented at the 14th Summer Institute for the Preservation of the History of Economic Thought, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond, in Richmond, Virginia, June 14–17. http://jepson.richmond.edu/conferences/adam-smith/papers13/paper13ngo.pdf.

2013. “Developmental Rent Management Analysis.” Paper presented at the 15th Conference of the Association of Heterodox Economics, London Metropolitan University, in London, July 4–6. http://www.hetecon.net/documents/ConferencePapers/2013Non-Refereed/Ngo1_AHE2013.pdf.

2013. “Industrialisation and the Triangular Rent-Seeking Relationship between Vietnam, Japan, and China in Vietnam’s Motorcycle Industry.” Paper presented at the 15th Conference of the Association of Heterodox Economics, London Metropolitan University, in London, July 4–6. http://www.hetecon.net/documents/ConferencePapers/2013Non-Refereed/Ngo2_AHE2013.pdf.

2013. “ Technology Adoption in Rent Seeking Economies: the Case of Vietnam.” Ph.D. Thesis, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London. http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/17838/1/Ngo_3551.pdf.