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Staff Biography


[Photo: Timothy BESLEY] Professor Timothy BESLEY
Professor of Economics and Political Science & W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics and CEP Associate - Trade
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6702
Email: t.besley@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 3.37  

Expertise: Public Economics, Development Economics, Political Economics

Selected Publications:

  • Incentives and the de Soto effect (with Konrad Burchardi and Maitreesh Ghatak), Quarterly Journal of Economics (forthcoming)

  • Estimating the peace dividend: The impact of violence on house prices in Northern Ireland (with Hannes Mueller) American Economic Review (forthcoming)

  • The logic of political violence (with Torsten Persson), Quarterly Journal of Economics (forthcoming)

CEP Publications

Public Economics Programme Discussion Paper
Choice and Competition in Public Service Provision Timothy Besley and James M. Malcolmson
August 2016
Paper No' PEP 29:
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JEL Classification: H11; H44; L21; L31


Tags: choice; competition; public service; not-for-profit

Public Economics Programme Discussion Paper
Aspirations and the Political Economy of Inequality Timothy Besley
August 2016
Paper No' PEP 28:
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JEL Classification: A130; D110; D630; I310

Development Discussion Paper
Profit with Purpose? A Theory of Social Enterprise with Experimental Evidence Timothy Besley and Maitreesh Ghatak
November 2013
Paper No' EOPP 047:
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Tags: social enterprise; motivated agents; non-profits

Development Discussion Paper
Taxation and Development Timothy Besley and Torsten Persson
January 2013
Paper No' EOPP 041:
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JEL Classification: H11, H20, O17, O43.

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CEP Special Report
Investing for Prosperity: Skills, Infrastructure and Innovation Philippe Aghion, Timothy Besley, John Browne, Francesco Caselli, Richard Lambert, Rachel Lomax, Christopher Pissarides, Nick Stern and John Van Reenen
January 2013
Paper No' CEPSP28:
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Tags: gdp; innovation; infrasstructure; uk economy; skills; apprenticeships; education; government policy

Development Discussion Paper
The Legacy of Historical Conflict Evidence from Africa Timothy Besley and Marta Reynal-Querol
February 2012
Paper No' EOPP 036:
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JEL Classification: N47, O43, O55


Tags: conflict; trust; identity

Development Discussion Paper
The Regulation of Land Markets: Evidence from Tenancy Reform in India Timothy Besley, Jessica Leight, Rohini Pande and Vijayendra Rao
November 2011
Paper No' EOPP 031:
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Development Discussion Paper
Taxation and Regulation of Bonus Pay Timothy Besley and Maitreesh Ghatak
July 2011
Paper No' EOPP 030:
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Development Discussion Paper
Fragile States and Development Policy Timothy Besley and Torsten Persson
January 2011
Paper No' EOPP 022:
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JEL Classification: O10, 019, P45


Tags: state fragility; development

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CEP Discussion Paper
Political Competition, Policy and Growth: Theory and Evidence from the United States Timothy Besley, Torsten Persson and Daniel M. Sturm
October 2010
Paper No' CEPDP1009:
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JEL Classification: D72; H11; H70; N12; O11


Tags: political competition; competition; government; us; economic development

Development Discussion Paper
State Capacity, Conflict and Development Timothy Besley and Torsten Persson
June 2009
Paper No' EOPP 010:
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JEL Classification: O10; H10; P16


Tags: state capacity; development

Development Discussion Paper
Estimating the Peace Dividend: The Impact of Violence on House Prices in Northern Ireland Timothy Besley and Hannes Mueller
May 2009
Paper No' EOPP 011:
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JEL Classification: D74; 016; P16


Tags: peace dividend; northern ireland; conflict; housing price; markov chain

Development Discussion Paper
The de Soto Effect Timothy Besley and Maitreesh Ghatak
April 2009
Paper No' EOPP 008:
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Development Discussion Paper
Property Rights and Economic Development Timothy Besley and Maitreesh Ghatak
February 2009
Paper No' EOPP 006:
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JEL Classification: K11;O17; P14


Tags: property rights; economic development.

Development Discussion Paper
The Incidence of Civil War: Theory and Evidence Timothy Besley and Torsten Persson
February 2009
Paper No' EOPP 005:
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Development Economics Paper
Just Rewards? Local Politics and Public Resource Allocation in South India Timothy Besley, Rohini Pande and Vijayendra Rao
October 2007
Paper No' DEDPS 49:
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JEL Classification: H76; H11; O12


Tags: decentralization; india; panchayat.

Development Economics Paper
Making Autocracy Work Timothy Besley and Masayuki Kudamatsu
May 2007
Paper No' DEDPS 48:
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JEL Classification: P16; P26


Tags: keywords: dictatorship; democracy

Political Economy and Public Policy Paper
Electoral Bias and Policy Choice: Theory and Evidence Timothy Besley and Ian Preston
February 2006
Paper No' PEPP 17:
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Political Economy and Public Policy Paper
Working or Shirking? A Closer Look at MPs’ Expenses and Parliamentary Attendance Timothy Besley and Valentino Larcinese
November 2005
Paper No' PEPP 15:
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Political Economy and Public Policy Paper
Political Selection and the Quality of Government: Evidence from South India Timothy Besley, Vijayendra Rao and Rohini Pande
August 2005
Paper No' PEPP 08:
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Political Economy and Public Policy Paper
Handcuffs for the Grabbing Hand? Media Capture and Government Accountability Timothy Besley and Andrea Prat
August 2005
Paper No' PEPP 07:
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Political Economy and Public Policy Paper
Implementation of Anti-Discrimination Policy: Does Judicial Selection Matter? Timothy Besley and A. Abigail Payne
August 2005
Paper No' PEPP 04:
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Development Economics Paper
Political Selection and the Quality of Government: Evidence from South India Timothy Besley, Rohini Pande and Vijayendra Rao
August 2005
Paper No' DEDPS 44:
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Political Economy and Public Policy Paper
Fiscal Restraints and Voter Welfare Timothy Besley and Michael Smart
July 2005
Paper No' PEPP 06:
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Political Economy and Public Policy Paper
Political Competition and Economic Performance: Theory and Evidence from the United States Timothy Besley, Torsten Persson and Daniel M. Sturm
June 2005
Paper No' PEPP 05:
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Theoretical Economics Paper
Competition and Incentives with Motivated Agents Timothy Besley and Maitreesh Ghatak
November 2003
Paper No' TE/2003/465:
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Tags: motivated agents; incentives in the public sector; school competition.

CentrePiece Article
Does Inequality Mean Slow Growth? Timothy Besley and Robin Burgess
February 1999
Paper No' CEPCP068:
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CentrePiece 4 (1) Spring 1999

Development Economics Paper
Land Reform, Poverty Reduction and Growth: Evidence from India Timothy Besley and Robin Burgess
October 1998
Paper No' DEDPS 13:
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Tags: land reform; political economy; poverty; growth; india

Theoretical Economics Paper
Read My Lips: The Political Economy of Information Transmission Timothy Besley and Rohini Pande
July 1998
Paper No' TE/1998/355:
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Tags: political economy; cheap talk; redistribution; development

Theoretical Economics Paper
Analyzing the Case for Government Intervention in a Representative Democracy Timothy Besley and Stephen Coate
September 1997
Paper No' TE/1997/335:
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Tags: government intervention; public choice.

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