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Ross Levine

Willis H. Booth Chair in Banking and Finance
Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group
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Academic Status: On duty
Office Hours: by appointment, F685
Personal Homepage: http://faculty.haas.berkeley.edu/ross_levine
Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)


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
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economic growth
  • Economic Development

Selected Papers and Publications

  • “Insider Trading and Innovation” Journal of Law and Economics, 2017, 60(4): 749-800.
  • “Smart and Illicit: Who Becomes an Entrepreneur and Do They Earn More?” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2017, 132(2): 963-1018.
  • “Competition and Bank Opacity” Review of Financial Studies, 2016, 29(7): 1911-1942.
  • “Does the Geographic Expansion of Banks Reduce Risk?” Journal of Financial Economics, 2016, 120(2): 346-362.
  • “Spare Tire? Stock Markets, Banking Crises, and Economic Recoveries” Journal of Financial Economics, 2016, 120(1): 81-101.
  • “The European Origins of Economic Development” Journal of Economic Growth, 2016, 21(3): 225-257.
  • “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.


  • 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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