Stephen Haber

Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Stephen Haber is the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the A.A. and Jeanne Welch Milligan Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. In addition, he is a professor of political science, professor of history, and professor of economics (by courtesy), as well as a senior fellow of both the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and the Stanford Center for International Development.

From 1995 to 1998, Haber served as associate dean for the social sciences and director of Graduate Studies of Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences. He is among Stanford’s most distinguished teachers, having been awarded every teaching prize Stanford has to offer. He was honored with Stanford’s highest teaching honor in 2011, the Walter J. Gores Award.

Haber has spent his academic life investigating the political institutions and economic policies that delay innovation and improvements in living standards. Much of that work has focused on how regulatory and supervisory agencies are often used by incumbent firms to stifle competition, thereby curtailing economic opportunities and slowing technological progress.

His current research focuses on three areas: the creation of regulatory barriers to entry in finance; the economic and political consequences of holdup problems created by different systems of agricultural production; and the comparative development of patent systems. He is a regular consultant to the World Bank and has been a visiting faculty member at the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Chicago. He currently serves as director of Hoover’s Working Group on Innovation and Intellectual Property.

Haber’s most recent book (coauthored with Charles Calomiris), Fragile by Design, from Princeton University Press, examines how governments and industry incumbents often craft banking regulatory policies in ways that stifle competition and increase systemic risk.

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Haber says moderate rainfall leads to farms, democracies

by Stephen Habervia Street Smart (Bloomberg Television)
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Stephen Haber, the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor at Stanford University, discusses, with Carol Massar and Matt Miller on Bloomberg Television's Street Smart, his research into the impact rainfall may have on the development of governments. Haber and Victor Menaldo, a professor at the University of Washington, found that countries where rainfall averages between 50 and 100 centimeters (39.4 inches) a year are more likely to be democratic.

A Democratic Middle East?

by Stephen Habervia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, April 1, 2011

By Stephen Haber and Victor Menaldo

In the News

A Democratic Middle East?

by Stephen Haber, Victor Menaldovia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Look to the region’s economic—and even geographic—history for a hint of its political future...

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A Democratic Middle East?

by Stephen Haber, Victor Menaldovia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Look to the region’s economic—and even geographic—history for a hint of its political future.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Business Isn't Getting 'In The Game'

by Stephen Haber, F. Scott Kieffvia Investor's Business Daily
Saturday, February 12, 2011

Whether the president's call for the private sector to invest more aggressively is successful depends on the theory one has about why businesses have stayed on the sidelines to this point, not investing their mountains of cash...

Lifting the “Resource Curse”

by Stephen Haber, Victor Menaldovia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mineral wealth can build a nation or subvert it. Afghanistan might
become a success story yet.

In the News

Foreign Entry and the Mexican Banking System, 1997-2007

by Stephen Habervia Harvard Business School
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What is the impact of foreign bank entry on the pricing and availability of credit in developing economies..?

Analysis and Commentary

Afghanistan and the 'Resource Curse'

by Stephen Haber, Victor Menaldovia Wall Street Journal
Friday, July 2, 2010

With its newly discovered mineral wealth, it could end up like Nigeria. Or like Mexico...

Analysis and Commentary

Anatomy Of A Coup

by Stephen Habervia Forbes
Friday, July 3, 2009

Tiny Honduras has managed to grab the world's attention for the past five days...

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Reacting to the Spending Spree: Policy Changes We Can Afford

by Terry Anderson, Jagdish Bhagwati, Charles Calomiris, Richard A. Epstein, Stephen Haber, Kevin Hassett, James Huffman, F. Scott Kieff, Gary D. Libecap, Henry E. Smithvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, April 27, 2009

In this nine-chapter volume, the authors examine the challenges the Obama administration faces today, and in the foreseeable future, and the administration’s planned responses.

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