Prof. Robin Burgess


Robin also holds the following positions:


Robin has been a Visiting Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the National Bureau for Economic Research (NBER), Ecole Polytechnique, University College London and the University of California at Berkeley.

Before joining academia, Robin served as a consultant economist with the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Government of India. .

Robin received a BSc in Biological Sciences from Edinburgh University, an MSc in Economics from LSE and a PhD in Economics from Oxford University.

He was brought up in Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, the US, the Philippines and Italy.

Research interests

  • Development economics;
  • Public economics;
  • Political economy;
  • Labour economics;
  • Environmental economics.


Working paper  1 April, 2012

The political economy of deforestation in the tropics

Tropical deforestation accounts for almost one-fifth of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and threatens the world’s most diverse ecosystems. The prevalence of illegal forest extraction in the … read more »

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Seminars 29 Apr 2010

Robin Burgess - Weather and death in India

Weather and death in India Speaker: Robin Burgess, department of economics at LSE Abstract Weather and Death in India: Mechanisms and implications of climate change Part of the Climate Change … read more »

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