James Robinson is a University Professor at the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, and a Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Professor 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, the Departments of Economics and Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley and before moving to Chicago was Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government at Harvard University.
His main research interests are in comparative economic and political development and he is currently conducting research in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, and in Colombia where he has taught for many years during the summer at the University of the Andes in Bogotá.
Does democracy cause growth?
03 Jun 2016
Many analysts view democracy as a neutral or negative factor for growth. This column discusses new evidence showing that democracy has a robust and sizeable pro-growth effect. It finds that a country that switches from non-democracy to democracy achieves about 20% higher GDP per capita over the subsequent three decades.
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