Tinbergen Institute Economics Lectures 2017

James A. Robinson (Chicago University Harris School of Public Policy)
31 May - 2 June, 2017
Tinbergen Institute AmsterdamNetherlands

James A. Robinson (University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy) will give 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. He studied economics at the London School of Economics, the University of Warwick and Yale University. 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.


Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam, Gustav Mahlerplein 117, 1082 MS Amsterdam

Registration for the TI Economics Lectures by James A. Robinson

TI MPhil students should register by means of the online registration mode in Osiris. PhD students should use the online course registration form. Exernal students use the form for external students.

The registration code for the Lectures is: TI166.
Deadline for registration: April 15, 2017.
Maximum number of participants: 50.

Registration fee is € 400 for PhD students and € 600 for other participants. External participants need to send their vitae and a short letter in which they motivate their participation. For TI MPhil students, participation must be approved by the DGS and is free of charge.

For more information please contact Ms. Carine Horbach at courses@tinbergen.nl