Michalis Moatsos (M.)

My main interest lies with the evolution of material deprivation and inequalities on a global scale, both in the 21st and previous centuries. In my research the role of prices is of essential importance in both the identification and measurement of poverty. I am also investigating the levels and trends of historical real wages around the world. Lately, I delve into the realm of the rich, by investigating the distribution of wealth in the Netherlands since the mid-19th century.

In terms of thesis supervision, my interests include: Global, regional and national poverty measurement and implications for policy. Between and within countries (economic) inequality. Sustainable development goals (SDG). Wellbeing measurement. Global price datasets (commodities and services, particularly health and education services).

Specific Topics: 

  • Definitions of poverty around the world (national levels)
  • Evolution of income and wealth inequality within countries
  • Explaining international patterns of economic inequality
  • Poverty, inequality and growth on national, regional or global level
  • Policies for achieving SDGs (goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 12, 13 and 16)
  • Policies and their implementations from the World Bank, IMF, UN and other international institutions in achieving SDGs (goals 1, 2, and 10)
  • Multidimensional wellbeing, definition and measurement
  • Measurement issues of SDGs and their implication for policy makers
  • SDG strategies on national level (goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 12, 13 and 16)
  • Sources for price datasets on commodities and services (particularly health and education services) around the world.