Professor Emeritus John Knight is a development economist who has conducted research on African countries and, increasingly, on China – the most interesting economy in the world. His research interests in a long Oxford career have included education, labour markets, inequality, growth, and happiness.

His most recent book is China’s Remarkable Economic Growth, OUP, 2012. A previous book (Towards a Labour Market in China, OUP, 2005) received the Richard A. Lester Prize, awarded at Princeton University, for ‘the outstanding book in labor economics and industrial relations published in 2005’. Recently published journal articles: ‘Is happiness infectious?, Scottish Journal of Political Economy. 64, 1, February, 2017: 1-24 (with Ramani Gunatilaka);  ‘China’s expansion of higher education: the labor market consequences of a supply shock’, China Economic Review, 43, 2017: 127-41 (with Deng Quheng and Li Shi), ‘Fair and unfair inequality in China’, Economic and Political Studies, 5, 3, 2017: 256-65; ‘China’s evolving inequality’, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, 4, November, 2017.    Current research projects: Migration and happiness; China’s increasing inequality of wealth in the twenty first century.