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Lee Alston

Visiting Research Scholar

Biographical Sketch

Professor of Economics - University of Colorado , Boulder

My research interests are in two broad areas: 1) the role of contracts and institutions in shaping agricultural land use in the historical U.S. and contemporary Brazil, including the Amazon. Examples include the beneficial role of tenancy in the U.S. and titling in the Amazon; and 2) the important role of institutions in the economy, Examples include an explanation for the timing of the growth of the U.S. welfare system, and the importance of strong Presidential powers in Brazil for shaping policy outcomes. The contributions are theoretical and empirical with considerable implications for public policy

Lee Alston


Lee Alston
Woodrow Wilson School
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544

Office: 403 Robertson Hall
Phone: 609-258-9156
E-mail: lalston@princeton.edu