Dr. Jonathan R. Pincus

Jonathan R. Pincus
Lecturer, Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management


Fields of Interest

  • Economic development, Southeast Asian economic development


  • PhD: 1994, University of Cambridge, UK
  • M.Phil 1988, University of Cambridge, UK
  • BA 1983, Oberlin College, USA


Jonathan Pincus is a development economist specializing in the countries of Southeast Asia. He has held teaching posts in Europe, Asia and North America and various policy advisory roles with multilateral organizations in Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and Myanmar. He was dean of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (FETP), the forerunner of FSPPM, from 2008 to 2013, and helped establish the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia at the Harvard Kennedy School. In Indonesia, he has worked with philanthropists and universities to create a network of social science and public policy research institutes affiliated with Northwestern University in the United States and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Select Publications

  • Indonesia’s Narrowing Path to Prosperity, Anthem Press (forthcoming), with Gustav Papanek, M. Chatib Basri and Raden Pardede
  • “Is Southeast Asia Falling into a Latin American-Style Middle Income Trap?” in Swarnim Wagle and Kanni Wignaraja, eds, The Great Upheaval: Resetting Development Policy and Institutions in the Asia-Pacific, Cambridge University Press, with J. Gabriel Palma, 2022
  • “Contemporary Vietnam: State Effectiveness Under Conditions of Commercialization and Fragmentation,” in Jonathan London, ed., Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Vietnam, Routledge, 2022
  • “Welfare, Inequality and Opportunity in Contemporary Vietnam,” in Jonathan London, ed., Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Vietnam, Routledge, 2022, with Jonathan London, 2022
  • Economic Recovery and Progress Toward the SDGs: Vietnam in Multiple Transformations, UNDP Vietnam, 2021, with Nguyen Thang


  • Poverty and Well-Being, Macroeconomics, Development Finance, Political Economy of Development


  • Development Policy
  • Macroeconomics