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Guest Lecture: Stephen Haber - Climate, Geography, and the Origin of Political and Economic Institutions

Page updated Dec 22, 2015

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Presentation material for Stephen Haber's lecture presented at the Treasury on 3 December 2015.

Stephen Haber is the A. A. and Jeanne Welch Milligan Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University.  In addition, he is Professor of Political Science, of History, and of Economics (by courtesy) at Stanford, as well as the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow of Stanford's Hoover Institution and a Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.  Haber directs the Hoover Institution Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity.  He is among Stanford's most distinguished teachers, having been awarded every teaching prize Stanford has to offer.

Haber has spent his academic life investigating the question of why only a few societies have been able to create economic and political systems that foster innovation, social mobility, and high standards of living.  He is the author or co-author of five books, and the editor of five more.  Haber has also published numerous scholarly articles in a wide variety of disciplines, including economics, political science, history, and law.

Haber is currently at working in two research areas. One of these focuses on the impact of the U.S. patent system on innovation and competition among firms. The other focuses on the impact of climate and geography on the evolution of societies' fundamental economic and political institutions.

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