School Professor of Economics and Political Science and W Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics, and CEP Associate
Expertise: public economics, development economics, political economics
Tim Besley's current research interests are:
- Public Economics
- Development Economics
- Political Economics
Tim's latest projects include:
- The Incidence of Civil War: Theory and Evidence
- Creating Collateral: de Soto Effect and Political Economy of Legal Reform
- Household External Finance and Consumption
- State Capacity, Conflict and Development
Why political trust and voluntary compliance have been key to government pandemic responsiveness in Europe
13 January 2023
Timothy Besley and Christopher Dann
The effectiveness of policy responses to Covid-19 has varied substantially across Europe. Drawing on new research, Timothy Besley and Christopher Dann illustrate how political trust and voluntary compliance have underpin... Read more...
Motivated science and green innovation (podcast)
01 April 2022
Scientists create innovation. Is this because they are paid to do it, or because they care about the outcome? Tim Besley tells Tim Phillips how motivated science drives down the cost of innovation and may accelerate the ... Read more...
Bureaucracy and development
08 November 2021
Timothy Besley, Robin Burgess, Jonathan Old, Adnan Qadir Khan and Guo Xu
How does bureaucracy matter for development? Over the last years, an enormous interest in this question has created a large body of research, mostly focused around evidence from field experiments and micro-level administ... Read more...
A sense of mutual obligation means that even the rich should see the point of paying their taxes
01 October 2021
Creating a strong sense of reciprocity between the state and its citizens makes it more likely they will pay taxes willingly, says Timothy Besley (LSE). As we emerge from a pandemic that emphasised the importance of mutu... Read more...
State capacity and development clusters
18 June 2021
Timothy Besley, Chris Dann and Torsten Persson
The determinants of economic development have been debated for many years. However, some of these determinants have been hard to measure internationally. Tim Besley, Chris Dann and Torsten Persson review evidence from 25... Read more...
Formulating Industrial Policy
01 November 2019
Timothy Besley and Richard Davies
Alongside the challenge of maintaining economic competitiveness in the face of great uncertainty, Brexit brings an opportunity for the government to set out a new industrial strategy. The case for doing so rests on the n... Read more...