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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

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CEP discussion paper
The Aggregate Consequences of Default Risk: Evidence from Firm-Level Data Timothy Besley, Isabelle Roland and John Van Reenen
January 2020
Paper No' CEPDP1672:
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JEL Classification: D24; E32; L11; O47


Tags: productivity; default risk; credit frictions; misallocation

CEP report
UK Growth: A New Chapter Philippe Aghion, Terra Allas, Timothy Besley, John Browne, Francesco Caselli, Richard Davies, Richard Lambert, Rachel Lomax, Stephen Machin, G.I.P. Ottaviano, Christopher Pissarides, Isabelle Roland, Xavier Rolet, N Stern and Anna Valero
February 2017
Paper No' CEPSP28B:
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Tags: gdp; innovation; infrasstructure; uk economy; skills; apprenticeships; education; government policy

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 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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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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