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James A. Robinson (economist)

James Alan Robinson (born 1960) is a British economist and political scientist who serves as University Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago since 2015 and prior to that taught at Harvard University between 2004 and 2015.[1][2] Robinson has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, University of Southern California and the University of Melbourne and is the co-author of Why Nations Fail along with Daron Acemoglu.[3]

James A. Robinson
James A. Robinson in Ukraine in June 2018
Robinson in 2018
Nationality British
Academic background
Alma mater Yale University (Ph.D. 1993)
University of Warwick (M.A. 1986)
London School of Economics (B.A. 1982)
Doctoral advisor Truman Bewley
Academic work
Institutions University of Chicago
Harvard University
University of California at Berkeley
University of Southern California
University of Melbourne



Robinson studied economics at the London School of Economics (BSc), the University of Warwick (MA) and Yale University (PhD). His main research interests are in comparative economic and political development with a focus on the long-run with a particular interest in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2004, he was appointed Professor of Government at Harvard, with his chair being named David Florence Professor of Government in 2009. On July 1, 2015, he was appointed University Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies of the University of Chicago.[4] On 9 May 2016, professor Robinson was awarded honorary doctor's degree by the National University of Mongolia during his first visit to the country.[5]


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