Dr Gregg Huff

Senior Research Fellow

Teaching activities

Globalization, Economic Development and World War II in Southeast Asia.

Research interests

My research interests centre on Southeast Asia and are the economics of war, finance, urbanization, migration, famine, and economic development.  I teach the Southeast Asia option for the MSc and MPhil degrees in Economic and Social History, supervise PhD students and am currently engaged in a project on the Economics of War in Southeast Asia funded by the Leverhulme Trust.



The Economics of World War II in Southeast Asia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

World War II Singapore: The Chosabu Reports on Syonan, with Shinobu Majima, eds. (Singapore: Singapore University Press, forthcoming 2016).

The Economic Growth of Singapore: Trade and Development in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp.xxi, 472. Translated into Chinese: Bejing: China Economics Publishing House, 2001.

The Impact of Colonialism on Burmese Economic Development, with A. H. Fenichel (McGill University: Centre for Developing Area Studies, Occasional Paper Series No. 7, 1971).



‘Substitution in a War-Affected Economy: Southeast Asia, 1941-1945’, with Gillian Huff, forthcoming Journal of Asian Cultures, 2016.

‘The Challenge of Finance in World War II Southeast Asia’, with Shinobu Majima, War in History, 22, 2 (2015), pp. 191-210.

‘Urban Growth and Change in 1940s Southeast Asia’, with Gillian Huff, Economic History Review 68, 2 (2015), pp. 522-47.

‘Financing Japan’s World War II Occupation of Southeast Asia’, with Shinobu Majima, Journal of Economic History, 73, 4 (2013), pp. 938-78.

‘Export-led Growth, Gateway Cities and Urban Systems Development in Pre-World War II Southeast Asia’, Journal of Development Studies, 48, 10 (2012), pp. 1431-52.

‘The Japanese occupation of World War II Southeast Asia’, with Shinobu Majima, South East Asia Research, 19, 4 (2011), pp. 848-69.

‘Globalization, Industrialization and Urbanization in Pre-World War II Southeast Asia’ with Luis Angles, Explorations in Economic History, 48, 1 (2011), pp. 20-36.

‘Finance and Long-term Development Issues in Southeast Asia’, Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, 25, 1 (2011), pp. 56-78.

‘Globalization, Natural Resources and Foreign Investment: A View from the Resource Rich Tropics’, Oxford Economic Papers, 59, 5 (2007), pp. 127-58.

‘Globalization and Labour Market Integration in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Asia’ (with G. Caggiano), Research in Economic History, 25 (2007), pp. 285-347.

‘Globalization, Immigration and Lewisian Elastic Labor in Pre-World War II Southeast Asia’ (with G. Caggiano), Journal of Economic History, 67, 1 (2007), pp. 33-68.

‘Financial Transition in Pre-World War II Japan and Southeast Asia’, Financial History Review 14, 2 (2007), pp. 149-75.

‘Monetization and Financial Development in Southeast Asia before the Second World War’, Economic History Review 56, 2 (2003), pp. 300-45.

‘Currency Boards and Chinese Banks in Malaya and the Philippines before the Second World War’, Australian Economic History Review 43, 2 (2003), pp. 125-39. And translated into Bulgarian and published in Journal of Finance and Financial Policy.

‘Boom-or-Bust Commodities and Industrialization in Pre-World War II Malaya’, Journal of Economic History 62, 4 (2002), pp. 1074-1115.

‘Entitlements, Destitution and Emigration in the 1930s Singapore Great Depression’, Economic History Review 54, 2 (2001), pp. 290-323.

‘Building the Developmental State: Achieving Economic Growth through Co-operative Solutions’, with G. Dewit and C. Oughton, Journal of Development Studies 38, 1(2001), pp. 147-51.

‘Credibility and Reputation Building in the Developmental State: A Model with East Asian Applications’, with G. Dewit and C. Oughton, World Development 29, 4 (2001), pp. 711-24.

‘Shipping Monopoly and Monopsony in Pre-World War II Singapore’, Asia Pacific Business Review 7, 2 (2001), pp. 53-78.

‘Singapore's Economic Development: Four Lessons and Some Doubts’, Oxford Development Studies 27, 1 (1999), pp. 33-55.  And re-printed in Hal Hill, ed. The Economic Development of Southeast Asia (Cheltenham, Glos: Edward Elgar, 2002).

‘Hyper-growth in an East Asian NIC: Public Policy and Capital Accumulation in Singapore’ (joint with J. F. Ermisch), World Development 27, 1 (1999), pp. 21-38.

‘Turning the Corner in Singapore's Developmental State?’, Asian Survey 39, 2 (1999), pp. 214-42.

‘The Developmental State, Government and Singapore's Economic Development since 1960’, World Development 23, 8 (1995), pp. 1421-38.  And re-printed in Jonathan Rigg, ed., Southeast Asian Development: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences (London: Routledge, 2007) and in Barbara Krug, State Capitalism, vol.1 (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2015) ISBN: 978 1 78195 488 1.

‘What is the Singapore Model of Economic Development?’, Cambridge Journal of Economics 19, 6 (1995), 735-59.  And re-printed in Robert Ash and Anne Booth, eds. The Economies of Asia (London: Routledge, 1999), vol.3, pp. 105-34.

‘The Development of the Rubber Market in Pre-World War II Singapore’, Journal of South East Asian Studies 24, 2 (1993), pp. 285-306.

‘Sharecroppers, Risk, Management and Chinese Rubber Estate Development in Inter-War British Malaya’, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 40, 4 (1992), pp. 743-73.

‘Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Less Developed Countries: a review article’, Business History, 31, 4 (1989), pp. 86-97.

‘Barter, Money, Credit and Singapore's International Rice Trade, 1870-1939’, Explorations in Economic History, 26, 2 (1989), pp. 161-89, and ‘Editor's Note’ 27, 3 (1990).

‘Patterns in the Economic Development of Singapore’, Journal of Developing Areas, 21, 3 (1987), pp. 305-26.  And translated into Korean and published in Min-Ho Kuk, ed. The Political System and Economic Success of the East Asian Newly Industrializing Countries (Kwang-ju City, Seoul: Chonnam National University Press, 1994), pp. 335-66.

‘Colonialism and the Political Economy of an Independent Burma’ (with A. H. Fenichel), Modern Asian Studies, 9, 3 (1975), pp. 321-35.  And re-printed in Jonathan Rigg, ed., Southeast Asian Development: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences (London: Routledge, 2007).

‘Canadian Bilateral Aid: Canadian Content and Balance-of-Payments Cost’, Journal of World Trade, 7, 5 (1973), pp. 587-97.



‘Finance for War in Asia and Its Aftermath’, in Michael Geyer and Adam Tooze, eds, The Cambridge History of the Second World War, vol. 3 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 56-93.

‘Bibliographical Essay: Finance for War in Asia and Its Aftermath’, in Michael Geyer and Adam Tooze, eds, The Cambridge History of the Second World War, vol. 3 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 751-54.

‘Paying for War, 1941-1945: How Japan Financed Southeast Asia's Occupation’, with Shinobu Majima, in Marcel Boldorf and Tetsuji Okazaki, eds. Economies under Occupation. The Hegemony of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan in World War II (London: Routledge, 2015), pp. 55-70.

‘Growth and Planning in an Asian NIC: The Singapore Development Model’, in Holger Henke and Ian Boxhill, eds. The End of the 'Asian Model'? (Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing, 2000), pp. 79-108.

‘Capital Markets, Sharecropping and Contestability: Singapore Chinese in the Inter-War British Malayan Estate Rubber and Pineapple Industries’ in Gareth Austin and Kaoru Sugihara, eds. Local Suppliers of Credit in the Third World (London: Macmillan, 1993), pp. 288-313.

‘Quasi-Vertical Integration, Monopoly and Japanese Competition in Pre-World War II Singapore's Export and Shipping Trades’, in A. J. H. Latham and Heita Kawakatsu, eds. The Evolving Structure of the East Asian System since 1700 (London: Routledge, 2011), pp. 123-33.