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James Robinson

Senior Associates

Professor, University of Chicago

Areas of Interest:

  • Political Economy and Comparative
  • Politics Economic and Political Development


  • Ph.D., Yale University, 1993
  • M.A., University of Warwick, 1986
  • B.Sc., Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1982


  • Professor, University of Chicago – present
  • Professor of Government, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University, Jul.2004- Jun 2015
  • Associate Professor of Political Science and Economics, University of California, Berkeley, Jul. 2001 – Jun 2004
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, Jul. 1999 – Jul. 2001

Latest Publications:

  • “Enclaves and Development: An Empirical Assessment,” (joint with Jonathan H. Conning, CUNY) forthcoming in Studies in Comparative International Development.
  • “Collusion and Interlinkage” (joint with Sripad Motiram, Dalhousie University) forthcoming in the Review of Development Economics.
  • “Political Conflict and Power-sharing in the Origins of Modern Colombia” (joint with Sebastián Mazzuca, University of California at Berkeley), NBER Working Paper #12099, forthcoming in the Hispanic American Historical Review.
Working Papers

How Institutions Change Over Time

Abstract In this paper the author examines the forces that lead institutions to persist and change. ... read more

Working Papers

The Political Economy of Inequality

Abstract The extent of inequality in society is determined by the distribution of assets, the rates ... read more


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