James Robinson

James Robinson

Biography: 

James Robinson is professor of government at Harvard University and a faculty associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Robinson studied economics at the London School of Economics, the University of Warwick, and Yale University. He previously taught in the department of economics at the University of Melbourne, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Berkeley. His main research interest is why countries differ, particularly why some are more prosperous than others and why some are more democratic than others.

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Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemogl

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

by Daron Acemoglu, James Robinsonvia Crown Business Publishing
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Why Nations Fail joins economics with contemporary social politics to provide a fresh analysis of global wealth distribution and ways to eradicate poverty.

James Robinson

Property Rights and African Poverty

by James Robinsonvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 15, 2010

Africa is not doomed to poverty, but it must improve its property rights institutions.