Stephen H. Haber, primary investigator: Haber is the A.A. and Jeanne Welch Milligan Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, where he holds appointments in the departments of political science and history. In addition, he is the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he directs the Project on Commercializing Innovation, which studies the law, economics, and politics of innovation, including entrepreneurship, corporate governance, finance, economic development, intellectual property, antitrust, and bankruptcy. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Center for International Development. Further, Haber serves as Director of Stanford’s Social Science History Institute. Haber consults regularly for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and is a Research Economist of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Haber’s current research focuses on the interaction of political and economic institutions, with a particular emphasis on the institutions that govern banking systems and financial markets. Recent publications include: The Politics of Property Rights (with Armando Razo and Noel Maurer, Cambridge University Press, 2003); “Mexico’s Experiments with Bank Privatization and Liberalization,” 29 Journal of Banking and Finance 2325 (2005); and “The Political Economy of Latin American Industrialization,” in The Cambridge Economic History of Latin America (2005). Haber serves as Director of Stanford’s Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRiSS) Program on Governance and Institutions.
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Selected works by Professor Haber
- Climate, Technology, and the Evolution of Economic and Political Institutions, Working Paper, Stephen H. Haber.
- Rainfall, Human Capital, and Democracy, Draft Paper April 2, 2011, Stephen H. Haber and Victor Menaldo.
- Do Natural Resources Fuel Authoritarianism? A Reappraisal of the Resource Curse, 105 Am. Pol. Sci. Rev. 1 (2011), Stephen H. Haber and Victor Menaldo.
- Latin America’s Quiet Revolution, Wall Street Journal, January 30, 2009, Stephen H. Haber
- On the Importance to Economic Success of Property Rights in Finance and Innovation (July 2008). Stanford Law and Economics Olin Working Paper No. 359
- Related Lending and Economic Development. Robert Cull, Stephen H. Haber and Masami Imai.
- Related Lending and Economic Performance: Evidence from Mexico. Noel Maurer and Stephen H. Haber.
- Political Institutions and Financial Development: Evidence from the Economic Histories of Mexico and the United States. Stephen H. Haber.
- Development Strategy or Endogenous Process? The Industrialization of Latin America. Stephen H. Haber.
- Foreign Banks and the Mexican Economy, 1997-2004. Stephen H. Haber and Aldo Musacchio.
- Banking With and Without Deposit Insurance: Mexico’s Banking Experiments, 1884-2004. Stephen H. Haber.
- Why Institutions Matter: Banking and Economic Growth in Mexico. Stephen H. Haber.
- Mexico’s Experiments with Bank Privatization and Liberalization, 1991-2003. Stephen H. Haber.
- When the Law Does Not Matter: The Rise and Decline of the Mexican Oil Industry, 63 The Journal of Economic History 1. Stephen H. Haber, Noel Maurer, and Armando Razo.
- Banks, Financial Markets, and Industrial Development: Lessons from the Economic Histories of Brazil and Mexico, published in Latin American Macroeconomic Reforms: The Second Stage (José Antonio Gonzalez, VittorioCorbo, Anne O. Krueger, and Aaron Tornell eds., University of Chicago Press 2003). Stephen H. Haber.
- The Rate of Growth of Productivity in Mexico, 1850-1933: Evidence from the Cotton Textile Industry, 30 Journal of Latin American Studies 481, Stephen H. Haber.
- The Efficiency Consequences of Institutional Change: Financial Market Regulation and Industrial Productivity Growth in Brazil, 1866-1934, published in Latin America and the World Economy Since 1800 (John H.Coatsworth and Alan M. Taylor eds., Harvard University Press 1998). Stephen H. Haber.
- Business Enterprise and the Great Depression in Brazil: A Study of Profits and Losses in Textile Manufacturing, 66 The Business History Review 335, Stephen H. Haber.
- Assessing the Obstacles to Industrialisation: The Mexican Economy, 1830-1940, 24 Journal of Latin American Studies 1, Stephen H. Haber.
- Industrial Concentration and the Capital Markets: A Comparative Study of Brazil, Mexico, and the United States, 1830-1930, 51 The Journal of Economic History 559, Stephen H. Haber.
- The Industrialization of Mexico, 1890-1940: The Structure and Growth of Manufacturing in an Underdeveloped Economy, 47 The Journal of Economic History 493, Stephen H. Haber.
- Reacting to the Spending Spree: Policy Changes We Can Afford (2009). A publication of the Hoover Institution’s Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity. Richard A. Epstein, Stephen Haber, F. ScottKieff, Henry E. Smith, et al.
- Political Institutions and Financial Development (Stephen H. Haber, Douglass C. North, and Barry R. Weingast eds., Stanford University Press 2007). The essays in this volume employ the insights and techniques of political science, economics, and history to provide a fresh answer to the question of why some countries develop better financial systems than others.
- The Politics of Property Rights: Political Instability, Credible Commitments, and Economic Growth in Mexico, 1876-1929 (Cambridge University Press 2003), Stephen H. Haber, Armando Razo, and Noel Maurer. Part of a series on the Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions.
- Patents are not the enemy, Opinion, Chicago Tribune, August 15, 2012, Rod Cooper, Richard A. Epstein, and Stephen H. Haber.
- Why Business Isn’t Getting ‘In The Game’, Investor’s Business Daily Feb. 2, 2011, Stephen H. Haber and F. Scott Kieff.
- Patent Reform Legislation: No Final Cut for Examiners, National Law Journal, May 14, 2007, Stephen H. Haber, F. Scott Kieff, and Troy A. Paredes.
- Microsoft’s European Experience Troubling for U.S. Companies, Opinion, San Jose Mercury News, March 15, 2007, at 12A, Stephen H. Haber, F. Scott Kieff, and Troy A. Paredes.
- Why Banking Systems Succeed—And Fail: The Politics Behind Financial Institutions, Foreign Affairs (Nov./Dec. 2013), Charles W. Calomiris and Stephen H. Haber.