I hold a DPhil in Economics from the University of Sussex, and work in the area of Applied Development Economics and Political Economy. I have designed and delivered training in economic modelling, microsimulations and database construction at various Universities and research institutes in developing countries for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in collaboration with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, and have worked for the DFID-funded International Research Initiative on Brazil and Africa, which involves a series of Universities from different parts of the world. I am presently working on the link between electoral systems and income distribution, in the presence of inequality concerns. I have published in the Journal of Economic History, the Journal of Policy Modelling and the Journal of Economic Modelling, among others. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Development Economics
  • Public Policy
  • Computable General Equilibrium Modeling
  • Econometrics
  • Microsimulations


  1. Debowicz, D., Segal, P. Structural Change in Argentina, 1935–1960: The Role of Import Substitution and Factor Endowments The Journal of Economic History 74 01 230 258
  2. Barrientos, A., Debowicz, D., Woolard, I., Debowicz, D. Heterogeneity in Bolsa Família outcomes The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance 62 33 40
  3. Debowicz, D., Golan, J., Debowicz, D. The impact of Oportunidades on human capital and income distribution in Mexico: A top-down/bottom-up approach Journal of Policy Modeling 36 1 24 42
  4. Debowicz, D., Debowicz, D. Does the microsimulation approach used in macro–micro modelling matter? An application to the distributional effects of capital outflows during Argentina's Currency Board regime Economic Modelling 54 591 599
  5. Debowicz, D. A social accounting matrix for Iraq Journal of Economic Structures 5 1


  • MN-2544 Economic Development

    This module introduces students to the main indicators and theories of economic development, in order to achieve an understanding of the specific challenges and opportunities that developing economies face, and derive policy implications.

  • MN-3533 Economies of the Middle and Far East

    This module provides an analysis of the changing economies of the Middle and Far East.

  • MN-M569 Development Economics

    This module has been designed to introduce students to the main theories of economic development in order to achieve an understanding of the interdependence of national economies and the specific problems and opportunities facing developing economies particularly with respect to poverty reduction, human capital acquisition, environment protection, the roles of the State, the Market, and civil society, international trade and finance, urbanization, and gender balance, and provide students with tools for the evaluation of development strategies.


  • Essays in International Trade (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Brian Varian
    Other supervisor: Prof Nigel O'Leary