Ross Levine

Ross Levine

Professor | Willis H. Booth Chair in Banking and Finance
Economic Analysis and Policy

Expert on how finance shapes the economy


Ross Levine is the Willis H. Booth Chair in Banking and Finance at Berkeley Haas. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University earned his PhD in economics from UCLA. He worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the World Bank, where he conducted and managed research and operational programs. His research is focused in two areas: how financial regulations and the operation of financial systems shape economic growth, entrepreneurship, and economic prosperity more generally; and the cognitive and non-cognitive traits of entrepreneurs. His two most recent books, “Rethinking Bank Regulation: Till Angels Govern” and “Guardians of Finance: Making Regulators Work for Us,” stress that regulatory policies often stymie competition and encourage excessive risk-taking, with deleterious effects on living standards. Levine advises governments, central banks, regulatory agencies, and multilateral organizations.

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Economic Growth and Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Regulation
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