Torsten Persson

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Torsten Persson is Professor of Economics at Stockholm University and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics, and has held visiting positions at leading universities as Harvard, Princeton and Berkeley. Persson is the 2008 President of the Econometric Society, and was President of the European Economic Association in 2003. His scientific prizes include the 1997 Yrjö Jahnsson Medal, given biannually to “the best young economist in Europe”. Persson’s work has spanned macroeconomics, international economics, and public economics, but he is most well-known for his articles and books on political economics. His current research focuses on development, civil war, and climate change.

Three recent papers:

  • "Gender Quotas and the Crisis of the Mediocre Man: Theory ad Evidence from Sweden" (with Tim Besley, Olle Folke and Johanna Rickne).
  • "Political Instability and Institutional Reform: Theory and Evidence from Sweden" (with Tim Besley and Marta Reynal-Querol).
  • "Weather and Infant Mortality in Africa" (with Masayuki Kudamatsu and David Strömberg).

Five most cited works (Google Scholar):

  • Political Economics: Explaining Economic Policy, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2000 (with Guido Tabellini).
  • Is inequality harmful for growth?, American Economic Review, 84:3, June 1994, (with Guido Tabellini).
  • The Economic Effects of Constitutions, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005 (with Guido Tabellini).
  • Macroeconomic Policy, Credibility and Politics, London: Harwood, 1990 (with Guido Tabellini).
  • Separation of Powers and Political Accountability, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 114:2, 1997 (with Gerard Roland and Guido Tabellini).