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Ross Levine

Professor
Willis H. Booth Chair in Banking and Finance
510.643.1419
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Academic Status: On duty
Office Hours: by appointment, F685
Personal Homepage: http://faculty.haas.berkeley.edu/ross_levine

Education


PhD, Economics, UCLA
AB, Economics, Cornell University

 



Positions Held


At Haas since 2012

2012 – present, Willis H. Booth Chair in Banking and Finance, Haas School of Business
2007 – 2012, Director, William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance, Brown University
2005 – 2012, James and Merryl Tisch Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Brown University
1999 – 2006, Curtis L. Carlson Professor of Finance, Department of Finance, University of Minnesota
1999, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Virginia
1997 – 1999, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Virginia
1990 – 1997, Principal Economist, World Bank
1987 – 1990, Economist, Division of International Finance, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System



External Service and Assignments


  • Senior Fellow, Milken Institute
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member, Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board
  • Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Steering Committee, Hoover Working Group on “Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity”
  • Editorial Board Member (present and past): Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Growth

 



Current Research and Interests


  • Financial regulation and economic growth, income inequality, and poverty
  • The political economy of financial regulation
  • Entrepreneurship


Selected Papers and Publications


  • “Smart and Illicit: Who Becomes an Entrepreneur and Do They Earn More?” Quarterly Journal of Economics, forthcoming.
  • “Identifying the Valuation Effects and Agency Costs of Corporate Diversification” Review of Financial Studies, 2013
  • “Guardians of Finance: Making Regulators Work for Us,” MIT Press, 2012.
  • “Big Bad Banks: The Winners and Losers from Bank Deregulation in the United States,” Journal of Finance, 2010.
  • “Bank Governance, Regulation, and Risk Taking,” Journal of Financial Economics, 2009.
  • “Rethinking Bank Regulation: Till Angles Govern,” Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • “Tropics, Germs, and Crops: How Endowments Influence Economic Development, Journal of MonetaryEconomics, 2003.
  • “Stock Markets, Banks, and Growth,” American Economic Review, 1998.
  • “Africa’s Growth Tragedy: Policies and Ethnic Divisions, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1997.
  • “Financial Development and Economic Growth: Views and Agenda,” Journal of Economic Literature, 1997.
  • “Finance and Growth: Schumpeter Might be Right,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1993.
  • “A Sensitivity Analysis of Cross-Country Growth Regressions,” American Economic Review, 1992.


Teaching


  • Macroeconomics in the Global Economy, BA 201B


Honors and Awards


  • 2012 PROSE award given by the Association of American Publishers for “Guardians of Finance: Making Regulators Work for Us.”
  • Literati Outstanding Paper Award 2011
  • Brattle Group Prize for Distinguished Paper in Corporate Finance, Journal of Finance, 2010
  • Milken Institute Award for Outstanding Paper of the Year 2001
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon Best Teacher, Brown University, 2009, 2011



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