Portrait of Robert Klitgaard

Robert Klitgaard advises countries around the world on government reform and economic strategy. He is a University Professor at Claremont Graduate University, where he served as President from 2005 to 2009.

His consulting work and research have taken him to more than 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. His recent international partners range from environmental nonprofits to Supreme Audit Authorities; from the World Bank to the OECD; from the government of Sonora, Mexico, to the Institute of Directors in Thailand; from the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Austria to the Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies in Bhutan. He has participated in the World Economic Forum as a faculty member and as a member of the Global Agenda Council.

In 2017, he spent a sabbatical first at Oxford and then at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, where during the summers of 2010 and 2011 he was the Li Ka-shing Distinguished Chair Visiting Professor. Before joining CGU, Klitgaard was the dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, America’s leading PhD program in public policy, where he was also the Ford Distinguished Professor of International Development and Security. He has served as the Lester Crown Visiting Professor of Economics at Yale’s School of Management, and an associate professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he also was a half-time special assistant to Harvard President Derek Bok.

His ten books include Tropical Gangsters, one of The New York Times’ Books of the Century, and Choosing Elites, named in The Harvard Guide to Influential Books.

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

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