James Robinson

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The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, Harris School of Public Policy; Institute Director, Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts

As institute director of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, James Robinson is guiding the Institute’s research agenda, engaging the international academic and practitioner community through The Pearson Global Forum, and setting the curriculum for the next generation of leaders and scholars.
Drawing insights from game theory and global history, he employs rigorous statistical analysis and case studies to identify the political foundations of economic development and growth. His work has deepened the understanding of political institutions throughout the world.
Robinson has a particular interest in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is widely recognized as the co-author of Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, with Daron Acemoglu, the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at MIT. Translated into 37 languages since its publication in 2012, the book offers a unique historic exploration of why some countries have flourished economically while others have fallen into poverty.

Global Economics & Business
Public Policy, Politics, & Justice