Tony Venables is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford where he also directs the Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies.

He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Econometric Society. Former positions include Chief Economist at the UK Department for International Development, professor at the London School of Economics, research manager of the trade research group in the World Bank, and advisor to the UK Treasury.

He has published extensively in the areas of international trade and spatial economics, including work on trade and imperfect competition, economic integration, multinational firms, and economic geography.

Publications include The spatial economy; cities, regions and international trade, with M. Fujita and P. Krugman (MIT press, 1999), and Multinationals in the World Economy with G. Barba Navaretti (Princeton 2004).



  • Bird, J, Li, Y, Rahman, HZ, Rama, M, Venables, AJ, (2018) 'Toward Great Dhaka'
  • Lall, SV, Henderson, JV, Venables, AJ, (2017) 'Africa's Cities'
  • (2015) 'The Economics of Resource Rich Economies'
  • Venables, AJ, (2008) 'Rethinking Economic Growth in a Globalizing World'
  • Giordano, P, Mesquita Moreira, M, Quevedo, F, Blyde, JS, Fernández-Arias, E, Venables, AJ, Ottaviano, GIP, Laens, S, Terra, MI, Vaillant, M, Baruj, G, Kosacoff, B, Porta, F, Rezende, F, Flôres Jr., RG, Heymann, D, Ramos, A, Moccero, D, Winograd, C, Bouzas, R, Ventura, D, (2008) 'Deepening integration in MERCOSUR: Dealing with Disparities'
  • Venables, AJ, Maloney, W, Kokko, A, Bravo Ortega, C, Lederman, D, Rigobón, R, De Gregorio, J, Czelusta, J, Jayasuriya, SA, Blomström, M, Xu, LC, Ludema, R, Manzano, O, Martin, W, Cuddington, JT, Wright, G, (2007) 'Natural Resources: Neither Curse nor Destiny'
  • Navaretti, GB, Venables, AJ, (2006) 'Multinational Firms in the World Economy'
  • (2005) 'Spatial Inequality and Development'
  • Devlin, R, Estevadeordal, A, Taylor, AM, Venables, AJ, Adserà, A, Boix, C, Laird, S, Messerlin, PA, Torrent, R, Cremona, M, Mattli, W, Jordana, J, Ramió, C, Narula, R, Evenett, SJ, (2003) 'Bridges for Development: Policies and Institutions for Trade and Integration'


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  • Ploeg, FVD, Venables, AJ, (2017) 'Extractive revenues and government spending: Short- versus long-term considerations'
  • Haaland, JI, Venables, AJ, (2016) 'Optimal trade policy with monopolistic competition and heterogeneous firms', p85-95
  • Venables, AJ, (2016) 'Incorporating Wider Economic Impacts within Cost-Benefit Appraisal'
  • Collier, P, Venables, AJ, (2014) 'Housing and urbanization in Africa : unleashing a formal market process'
  • Collier, P, Venables, AJ, (2014) 'Closing coal: economic and moral incentives', p492-512
  • Collier, P, Venables, AJ, (2013) 'Housing and Urbanization in Africa: unleashing a formal market process'
  • Ruta, M, venables, AJ, (2012) 'International Trade in Natural Resources: Practice and policy'
  • Collier, P, Venables, AJ, (2012) 'Land Deals in Africa: Pioneers and speculators'
  • Ploeg, FVD, Venables, AJ, (2012) 'Natural Resource Wealth: The challenge of managing a windfall'
  • A'Hearn, B, Venables, AJ, (2011) 'Internal Geography and External Trade: regional disparities in Italy, 1861-2011'
  • Venables, AJ, (2011) 'Depletion and development: natural resource supply with endogenous field opening'
  • Ploeg, RVD, Venables, AJ, (2011) 'Harnessing windfall revenues: Optimal policies for resource-rich developing economies'
  • Venables, AJ, Baldwin, R, (2011) 'Relocating the value chain: off-shoring and agglomeration in the global economy'
  • Venables, AJ, (2011) 'Depletion and Development: Natural Resource Supply with Endogenous Field Opening'
  • Venables, AJ, (2010) 'Productivity in cities: self-selection and sorting'
  • Collier, P, Venables, AJ, (2010) 'Natural Resources and State Fragility'
  • Overman, HG, Rice, P, Venables, AJ, (2010) 'Economic linkages across space'
  • Overman, HG, Rice, P, Venables, AJ, (2010) 'Economic linkages across space.'
  • Collier, P, Venables, T, (2010) 'International rules for trade in natural resources'
  • Ploeg, RVD, Venables, AJ, (2010) 'Absorbing A Windfall Of Foreign Exchange: Dutch disease dynamics'
  • Venables, AJ, (2010) 'Resource Rents: When to spend and when to save'
  • Collier, P, Ploeg, FVD, Spence, M, Venables, AJ, (2009) 'Managing Resource Revenues in Developing Economies'
  • Collier, P, Venables, AJ, (2009) 'Natural Resources and State Fragility'
  • Collier, P, Venables, AJ, (2009) 'International Rules for Trade in Natural Resources'
  • Collier, P, Venables, AJ, (2008) 'Illusory Revenues: Tariffs in Resource-Rich and Aid-Rich Economies'
  • Ploeg, FVD, Venables, AJ, (2008) 'Harnessing Windfall Revenues in Developing Economies: Sovereign wealth funds and optimal tradeoffs between citizen dividends, public infrastructure and debt reduction'
  • Collier, P, Venables, AJ, (2008) 'Managing the Exploitation of Natural Assets: Lessons for low income countries'
  • Collier, P, Venables, AJ, (2008) 'Managing Resource Revenues: Lessons for low income countries'
  • Venables, AJ, (2005) 'Regional Disparities in Regional Blocs: Theory and Policy'
  • Kanbur, R, Venables, AJ, (2005) 'Rising Spatial Disparities and Development'