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economic researcher , economist

Ross Levine specializes in international finance, banking regulation, and economic development. Specifically, his research focuses on the links between financial intermediaries and economic growth. He has also examined bank supervision and corruption.


Ross Levine is an American economist who currently holds the Willis H. Booth Chair in Banking and Finance at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an advisor to the World Economic Forum. As of February 2013, he is the 13th most cited economist in the world.



Director, William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics & Finance

Brown University, 2007-present.

National Bureau of Economic Research, Research Associate, 1998-present.

Council on Foreign Relations, 2011-present.

World Economic Forum, Advisory Board and Eminent Group of Experts, 2007-present.

Associate Editor, Journal of Development Economics, 2002-2004; 2008-present.

Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Growth, 2005-present.


  • book

    • Guardians of Finance: Making Regulators Work for Us

    • Rethinking Bank Supervision and Regulation: Until Angels Govern

    • Financial Structure and Economic Growth: A Cross-Country Comparison of Banks, Markets, and Development

  • Working paper

    • Financial Innovation and Endogenous Growth

    • The Valuation Effects of Geographic Diversification: Evidence from United States Banks

    • The European Origins of Economic Development

    • Racial Discrimination and Competition

    • Credit Constraints, Teen Pregnancy, and High School Dropouts

    • Entrepreneurs: Who Are They?

    • The Evolving Importance of Banks and Markets in Economic Development

    • How Firms use Domestic and International Corporate Bond Markets