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Professor Timothy Besley elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

LSE is pleased to announce that Professor Timothy J. Besley, director of the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD), director of the MPA Programme, and the Kuwait Professor of Economics and Political Science, has been elected to the 2011 class of new Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In response to his election this week, Professor Besley stated, “It is an honour to be recognized by this distinguished body whose membership includes so many people whose work and achievements I admire.”

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences Academy is an international learned society with a dual function: to elect to membership men and women of exceptional achievement, drawn from science, scholarship, business, public affairs, and the arts, and to conduct a varied program of projects and studies responsive to the needs and problems of society.

Timothy Besley has been a professor at LSE since 1995. He also serves as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and is a program member of the Institutions, Organizations and Growth Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the British Academy, the European Economics Association, and a foreign honorary member of the American Economic Association. He has served as President of the European Economic Association, and was an external member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee, as well as being a past co-editor of the American Economic Review, and a 2005 winner of the Yrjö Jahnsson Award of the European Economics Association. His research, which mostly has a policy focus, is mainly in the areas of Development Economics, Public Economics and Political Economy.

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Posted 20 April 2011