Maia King is an economist and researcher on the History of UK Public Spending Control project at the Blavatnik School of Government. She joined the Blavatnik School in June 2016 after doctoral studies at Queen Mary, University of London.
Maia has academic and professional expertise in public finance, institutions and networks. She has worked as an economist at the UK Treasury, working on macroeconomic analysis and tax policy; and as an ODI Fellow in the Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry in Madagascar and the Macro-Fiscal Analysis Unit of the Liberian Ministry of Finance. She subsequently worked as a researcher and consultant at the Overseas Development Institute, focusing mainly on public finance in fragile states, aid management, and the political economy of service delivery.
Maia’s doctoral research was on microeconomic theory, in particular social networks, governance, and public goods. Research papers investigate the welfare implications of the structure of networks with local public goods; and the role of information in supporting cooperation in networks with community enforcement. Other research projects examine the links between clientelistic networks and political institutions in developing countries; and policy reform to tackle carbon leakage.
Maia has submitted her PhD thesis to Queen Mary, University of London. She has an MA in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, a PGCert in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London; and a BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.