Professor Christopher Davis

Reader in Command and Transition Economies

Professor Christopher Davis is the Reader in Command and Transition Economies jointly in the Department of Economics and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

Christopher Davis is an economist who studies the command and transition economies of the USSR/Russia and Eastern Europe. His specialist fields of research related to this region are demography, economics of the health and defense sectors, and industrial policy and industrialization. Since 2013 he has held a part-time research position in Moscow as Head of the Research Laboratory on the Economics of Health Reform at the Russian Presidential Academy of the National Economy and Public Administration.

His research activities are reflected in his teaching for the REES courses. He teaches the economics component of the core course Politics, Economics and International Relations of the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and the demography/health/social welfare components of the core course on Society and Culture in Russia and Eastern Europe in Hilary 2015. He also contributes to the teaching of the quantitative part of the SIAS Methods Course in Hilary 2015.

He  teaches the following second year MPhil special subject options: Transitions from Command to Market Economies in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe; Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian Defence Policy; Economic History of the USSR and Russia; and Health and Welfare in the Soviet Union and Russia. He supervises REES students writing theses on topics related to his fields of research.


Research activities and interests include:

  • theory of the command and transition economies (especially shortage and disequilibrium models,
  • second economy and de-monetized processes such as barter),
  • economics of the health sectors in the USSR/Russia and Eastern Europe,
  • industrialization and industrial policy in the USSR and Russia,
  • economics of the defence sector in the USSR and Russia. 




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