Robin Burgess is a Professor of Economics, Founder and Director of the International Growth Centre, and Co-Director of the Economic Organisation and Public Policy Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
His areas of research interest include development economics, public economics, political economy, labour economics and environmental economics. He has published on a variety of topics including natural disasters, mass media, ruralbanks, land reform, labour regulation, industrial policy, taxation, poverty and growth.
He has been a Visiting Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the National Bureau of Economic Research, Ecole Polytechnique, University College London and the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Program Director of the Development Economics Program at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), a Member of the Board of the Bureau for Research in the Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau for Economic Research (NBER), a member of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a Fellow of the European Development Research Development Network (EUDN), a member of the Institute for Policy Dialogue (IPR), an Associate Editor of the Economic Journal and is the Founder and Director of the Microeconomics of Growth Research Network. Before joining academia, he worked for the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the Government of India.
He earned his D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University.
Robin Burgess has been named the Ta-Chung Liu Distingished Visitor. This honor is made possible by the generosity of Ernest and Joan Liu, who established a visiting scholar’s post in memory of Ernest’s father, Ta-Chung Liu, an eminent econometrician at Cornell University who channeled his scholarly expertise into public service and policymaking, particularly in Taiwan.