Robert Klitgaard

Robert Klitgaard is a university professor at CGU, where he served as president from 2005-2009. Before coming to CGU, he was dean and Ford Distinguished Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, America’s leading PhD program in policy analysis.

He has also served as Li Ka-shing Distinguished Chair Professor at the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore; professor of economics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal; Lester Crown Professor of Economics at the Yale School of Management; and associate professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has also served on the faculty of the World Economic Forum.

He has worked and done research in more than 40 countries around the world, working with governments, civil society organizations, and international institutions.

Klitgaard’s 12 books include Choosing Elites, listed in The Harvard Guide to Influential Books, and Tropical Gangsters, named one of The New York Times’s “Books of the Century.”

Prevail: How to Face Upheavals and Make Big Choices with the Help of Heroes. Wipf and Stock, 2022.

Adjusting to Reality: Beyond ‘State vs. Market’ in Economic Development. Routledge, 2021.

The Culture and Development Manifesto. Oxford University Press, 2021.

“Geography, Climate, and Genes in Development Studies.” The World Bank Economic Review 34, no. 1 (2020).

“On Romance and Intimacy.” Philosophy and Literature 42, no. 2 (2019).

“Revitalizing Mandaue City: Obstacles in Implementing a Performance Governance System.” Policy Design and Practice 2, no. 4 (2019).

“Engaging Corruption: New Ideas for the International Monetary Fund.” Policy Design and Practice 2, no. 3 (2019).

“Genetic Adaptation to Historical Pathogen Burdens.” Infection, Genetics and Evolution 54, (2017).

“Corruption.” In International Development: Inquiries in Global Development Practice, edited by Paul Battersby, et al. Sage Press, 2017.

Policy Design and Implementation
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Growth and Development Policy