Robert Klitgaard

Robert Klitgaard is a university professor at CGU. His teaching includes economics courses (Microeconomic Analysis, Cost-Benefit Analysis, and Growth and Development Policy), a core course in public policy (Policy Design and Implementation), and three of CGU’s signature transdisciplinary courses that are open to students across the university (Public-Private Partnerships, Working Across Cultures, and Corruption).

From time to time, Klitgaard has the privilege of teaching universities, international organizations, research institutes, and civil society organizations around the world. In 2017, he enjoyed a sabbatical at Oxford University and the National University of Singapore.

He also partners with leaders in government, business, and civil society. A favorite vehicle is what he calls “convenings.” These workshops provide leaders with the best quantitative data, illuminating models, and concrete examples of success, not for them to copy but to combine with their local knowledge and inspire their creativity. As a result, the participants often devise new, practical solutions that neither party could have come up with in advance.

Klitgaard’s eleven 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.”

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