Robin Burgess is a professor of economics and founder and academic director of the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics. The International Growth Centre, in which Chicago Booth’s IGM is a partner, is a new initiative that promotes sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research.
Professor Burgess’s areas of research interest include development economics, public economics, political economy, labor economics, and environmental economics. He has published on a variety of topics—natural disasters, mass media, rural banks, land reform, labor regulation, industrial policy, taxation, poverty, and growth. He was brought up in Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, the United States, the Philippines, and Italy, where his father worked as a doctor and his mother as a child nutritionist. He received a BS in biological sciences from Edinburgh University, an MS in economics from the LSE, and a PhD in economics from Oxford University.
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