Portrait of Robert Klitgaard

Robert Klitgaard has developed models, methods, and examples that have helped countries and international institutions control corruption. Klitgaard is a University Professor at Claremont Graduate University, where he served as the president from 2005 to 2009.

He previously served as dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, where he was also the Ford Distinguished Professor of International Development and Security. He has twice been the Li Ka-shing Distinguished Chair Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He was a professor of economics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban; Lester Crown Professor of Economics at Yale’s School of Management; and an associate professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he also served half-time as special assistant to Harvard President Derek Bok.

Klitgaard advises governments on economic strategy and institutional reform, and his consulting work and research have taken him to more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He has been called “the world’s leading expert on corruption” (The Christian Science Monitor). He has served on the faculty of the World Economic Forum, the editorial boards of Theoria and the Journal of Economic Literature, and the Board of the International Development Evaluation Association.

In addition to authoring many articles, Klitgaard is the author of 10 books, including Addressing Corruption Together and Tropical Gangsters.

Addressing Corruption Together. Paris: OECD, 2015.  

Tropical Gangsters II: Adventures in Development in the World’s Poorest Places. Amazon: KDP Books, 2013.

Co-edited with Paul C. Light. High-Performance Government: Structure, Leadership, Incentives. Santa Monica: The RAND Corporation, 2005.

Review of The Limits of Institutional Reform in Developing Countries, by Matt Andrews, Public Administration and Development, December 2013.

Co-authored with Johannes Fedderke. “How Much Do Rights Matter?” World Development, 51 (2013): 187–206.

“Public-Private Collaboration and Corruption,” in Collective Action: Innovative Strategies to Prevent Corruption, edited by Mark Pieth, 41­–67. Zurich/St. Gallen: DIKE Verlag AG, 2012.

Growth & Development Policy
Working Across Cultures
Cost Benefit Analysis
Policy Analysis for Big Issues
Public-Private Partnerships
Public-Sector Reform in Developing Countries