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Professor Sir Timothy Besley

CBE, MA, MPhil, DPhil, FBA
Quondam Fellow since 2018
Professor Sir Timothy Besley
  • Background

    • Two-Year Fellow, All Souls College (from 2016 to 2018)
    • London School Economics: Professor of Economics (1995-7), Professor of Economics and Political Science (1997-2007), Kuwait Professor of Economics and Political Science (2007-11), School Professor of Economics and Political Science (since 2012), W Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics (since 2015).
    • Fifty-Pound Fellow, All Souls College (from 1995 to 2000)
    • Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Princeton University (from 1989 to 1995)
    • Examination Fellow, All Souls College (from 1984 to 1991)
    • Postgraduate, Nuffield College (from 1983 to 1984)
    • Undergraduate, Keble College (from 1980 to 1983)
  • Research interests

    • Political Economy of Growth and Development
    • Dynamics of institutions
    • Taxation, public spending and the political economy of policy-making
  • Other professional memberships and roles

    • Fellow, Econometric Society (2000, to serve as President in 2018)
    • President of the European Economic Association (2010)
    • President of the International Economic Association (from 2014 to 2017)
    • Gluskin-Granovsky Fellow, Institutions, Organizations and Growth Program, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
    • Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2012)
    • Foreign Honorary Member, American Economic Association (2007)
    • Co-editor, American Economic Review (from 1998 to 2003)
    • Associate Editor, Quarterly Journal of Economics (from 2006)
    • External Member, Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee (from 2006 to 2009)
    • Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission (from 2015)
    • Co-Chair, LSE Growth Commission (from 2012)
    • Honorary Fellow, Keble College
    • Chair of the Council of Management, National Institute of Economic and Social Research (from 2009 to 2016)