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Tinbergen Institute Lectures

State, Society and Development

  • Series
    Economics Lecture Series
  • Speaker(s)
    James A. Robinson (University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy)
  • Location
  • Date

    May 31, 2017 until June 02, 2017

James A. Robinson gave the Tinbergen Institute Economics lectures 2017 on political economy and development.

James Robinson is a University Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. 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. He is currently conducting research in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Haiti and in Colombia.

Topic and Course Outline

These lectures will survey some of the basic ideas in social science about the state and how the state relates to society. James Robinson will emphasize `two images’ of the state, one dating to Hobbes portrays the state as a key source of the resolution of many social problems that `private orderings’ cannot resolve. The other portrays the state as the source of, not the solution to, social problems. James Robinson will present some models which can help us think about these images and survey the empirical evidence relevant to understanding what causes variation in states’ capacities and behavior and what the consequences of this are for development and other key outcomes.