Skip navigation

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Economics

Degree Programs

Department of Economics

Faculty & Staff

Christine Ngo

 Christine Ngo

  Assistant Professor
  Sturm Hall 241
  Phone: 303- 871-2151





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 - law, economics, politics and public policy. In 2016, I was a visiting scholar at the United Nations University, World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and a fellow of the Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG). 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. I would like to, one day, mountain bike through the Himalayas from Tibet to Kathmandu.

Areas of expertise/Research interests

• Political Economy of Development
• Growth and Technological Change
• International Economics
• Small and Medium Enterprise Development


Ph.D. (2013), Economics, University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies
J.D. (2010), Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law
MSc. (2009), Political Economy of Development, University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies
B.A. (2005), Global Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Current research and projects

My research focuses on alternative approaches to development analysis, technological change and innovations in emerging economies. It is rooted in economics, but extends to integrate political, institutional, and industry analyses. In my research, I developed a theoretical and analytical model entitled Developmental Rent Management Analysis. This framework determines the mechanism that provides the incentives and pressures local firms to develop and innovate based on three factors: political, institutional, and industry structure. My research provides empirical evidence to support the alternative view that rents can be developmental under the correct configuration of rents management. It reveals how, in the Vietnamese experience, rents are actively used to enhance growth via technological adoption and capability building. These findings underscore the need to re-examine how economic actors and the state collaborate through formal and informal institutions to enhance industrial upgrading in developing countries. This study adds to the emerging scholarship that examines types of rent strategies that are beneficial for industrial development and how rents may be used for development purposes.

My first book Industrial Development in Planned Economies: Rent Seeking and Politico-Economic Interplay in Vietnam is forthcoming by Routledge in 2017.

At present, I am working on a couple different research projects that center on local value chain development, the rise of China and its impact on developing countries, small and medium enterprise development, and technological change in the industrial sectors in Vietnam. I am also researching and collecting data for a second book entitled Productive Values, Innovation and Growth: Perspectives from Small and Medium Enterprise Development in Vietnam.

Courses Taught

ECON 1030 – Micro- and Macroeconomics II: Theories and Policies
ECON 2610 – International Economics
ECON 3900 – Growth, Technology and Economic Policy


DU Portfolio
Research Gate