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Staff Biography


[Photo: Timothy Besley] Professor Timothy BESLEY
School Professor of Economics and Political Science; EOPP Associate

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6702
Fax: +44 (0)20 7955 6951
Email: t.besley@lse.ac.uk
STICERD ,  32L 3.37

Curriculum Vitae PDF  Personal WebSite WWW
Publications on LSE Research Online book

Research Interests:
  • Public Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Political Economics
Current Research Projects: Selected Publications: STICERD/CASE Publications:
  • Profit with Purpose? A Theory of Social Enterprise with Experimental Evidence
    Timothy Besley, Maitreesh Ghatak, November 2013
    Paper No' EOPP 047: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Taxation and Development
    Timothy Besley, Torsten Persson, January 2013
    Paper No' EOPP 041: Full paper (pdf)

  • Investing for Prosperity: Skills, Infrastructure and Innovation
    Philippe Aghion, Timothy Besley, John Browne, Francesco Caselli, Richard Lambert, Rachel Lomax, Christopher Pissarides, Nick Stern, John Van Reenen, January 2013
    Paper No' CEPSP28: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • 'Stop fighting and wealth will follow'
    Timothy Besley, Hannes Mueller, December 2012
    Paper No' CEPCP387: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • The Legacy of Historical Conflict Evidence from Africa
    Timothy Besley, Marta Reynal-Querol, February 2012
    Paper No' EOPP 036: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • The Regulation of Land Markets: Evidence from Tenancy Reform in India
    Timothy Besley, Jessica Leight, Rohini Pande, Vijayendra Rao, November 2011
    Paper No' EOPP 031: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Taxation and Regulation of Bonus Pay
    Timothy Besley, Maitreesh Ghatak, July 2011
    Paper No' EOPP 030: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Fragile States and Development Policy
    Timothy Besley, Torsten Persson, January 2011
    Paper No' EOPP 022: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Political Competition, Policy and Growth: Theory and Evidence from the United States
    Timothy Besley, Torsten Persson, Daniel M. Sturm, October 2010
    Paper No' CEPDP1009: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • State Capacity, Conflict and Development
    Timothy Besley, Torsten Persson, June 2009
    Paper No' EOPP 010: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Estimating the Peace Dividend: The Impact of Violence on House Prices in Northern Ireland
    Timothy Besley, Hannes Mueller, May 2009
    Paper No' EOPP 011: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • The de Soto Effect
    Timothy Besley, Maitreesh Ghatak, April 2009
    Paper No' EOPP 008: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Property Rights and Economic Development
    Timothy Besley, Maitreesh Ghatak, February 2009
    Paper No' EOPP 006: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • The Incidence of Civil War: Theory and Evidence
    Timothy Besley, Torsten Persson, February 2009
    Paper No' EOPP 005: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Just Rewards? Local Politics and Public Resource Allocation in South India
    Timothy Besley, Rohini Pande, Vijayendra Rao, October 2007
    Paper No' DEDPS 49: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Making Autocracy Work
    Timothy Besley, Masayuki Kudamatsu, May 2007
    Paper No' DEDPS 48: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Electoral Bias and Policy Choice: Theory and Evidence
    Timothy Besley, Ian Preston, February 2006
    Paper No' PEPP 17: Full paper (pdf)

  • Working or Shirking? A Closer Look at MPs’ Expenses and Parliamentary Attendance
    Timothy Besley, Valentino Larcinese, November 2005
    Paper No' PEPP 15: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Political Selection and the Quality of Government: Evidence from South India
    Timothy Besley, Rohini Pande, Vijayendra Rao, August 2005
    Paper No' PEPP 08: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Handcuffs for the Grabbing Hand? Media Capture and Government Accountability
    Timothy Besley, Andrea Prat, August 2005
    Paper No' PEPP 07: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Implementation of Anti-Discrimination Policy: Does Judicial Selection Matter?
    Timothy Besley, A. Abigail Payne, August 2005
    Paper No' PEPP 04: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Political Selection and the Quality of Government: Evidence from South India
    Timothy Besley, Rohini Pande, Vijayendra Rao, August 2005
    Paper No' DEDPS 44: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Fiscal Restraints and Voter Welfare
    Timothy Besley, Michael Smart, July 2005
    Paper No' PEPP 06: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Political Competition and Economic Performance: Theory and Evidence from the United States
    Timothy Besley, Torsten Persson, Daniel M. Sturm, June 2005
    Paper No' PEPP 05: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Competition and Incentives with Motivated Agents
    Timothy Besley, Maitreesh Ghatak, November 2003
    Paper No' TE/2003/465: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Can Labour Regulation Hinder Economic Performance? Evidence from India
    Timothy Besley, Robin Burgess, February 2002
    Paper No' DEDPS 33: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • The Political Economy of Government Responsiveness: Theory and Evidence from India
    Timothy Besley, Robin Burgess, December 2000
    Paper No' DEDPS 28: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Public-Private Partnership for the Provision of Public Goods: Theory and an Application to NGOs
    Timothy Besley, Maitreesh Ghatak, August 1999
    Paper No' DEDPS 17: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Does Inequality Mean Slow Growth?
    Timothy Besley, Robin Burgess, February 1999
    Paper No' CEPCP068:

  • Land Reform, Poverty Reduction and Growth: Evidence from India
    Timothy Besley, Robin Burgess, October 1998
    Paper No' DEDPS 13: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Read My Lips: The Political Economy of Information Transmission
    Timothy Besley, Rohini Pande, July 1998
    Paper No' TE/1998/355: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Analyzing the Case for Government Intervention in a Representative Democracy
    Timothy Besley, Stephen Coate, September 1997
    Paper No' TE/1997/335: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Lobbying and Welfare in a Representative Democracy - (Now published in 'Review of Economic Studies', 68 (2001), pp.67-82.)
    Timothy Besley, Stephen Coate, September 1997
    Paper No' TE/1997/334: Read Abstract
    Paper copy now out of print.

Other Professional Activities: Honours and Titles:
  • Yrjö Jahnsson Award (joint-winner 2005)
  • Duncan Black Prize for paper “On the Public Choice Critique of Welfare Economics”, (with Stephen Coate), 2003.
  • Fellow of the British Academy (2001)
  • For full list of honours, visit personal webpage