James A. Robinson
#8494 Overall Influence

James A. Robinson

British political scientist and economist

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James A. Robinson is the Reverent Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and University Professor for the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, Institute Director of the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, an economist and political scientist. He earned a B.A. from the London School of Economics, an M.A. from the University of Warwick, and a Ph.D. from Yale University.

He takes a comparative approach to economics, studying how countries differ based on their economic and political institutions, and how those differences can lead to conflict or prosperity, particularly in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Robinson has conducted research in the field in countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Sierra Leone, the Philippines, South Africa, Botswana and Chile.

He has written or co-written a number of books, including The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, and Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy.

In addition to his work at the University of Chicago, Robinson has also taught at the University of the Andes in Bogota for many years. He has been instrumental in setting the curriculum for future economists and scholars.

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University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley

Public research university in Berkeley, California, United States

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University of Chicago
University of Chicago

Private research university in Chicago, Illinois, United States

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University of London
University of London

Federal research university in London, England

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Harvard University
Harvard University

Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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University of Southern California
University of Southern California

Private research university in Los Angeles, California, United States

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University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne

Australian public university located in Melbourne, Victoria

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Yale University
Yale University

Private research university in New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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University of Warwick
University of Warwick

University in Coventry, United Kingdom

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    #242 World Rank
    Economics
    #568 World Rank
    Political Science