James Robinson

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2015
Nicolas van de Walle

Why is sub-Saharan Africa the poorest region of the world? In this collection, a group of eminent economic historians investigates the most plausible answers to that question.

Review Essay
Sept/Oct
2012
Jeffrey D. Sachs

According to Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson’s Why Nations Fail, economic development hinges on a country’s political institutions. But their monocausal analysis ignores other important factors (such as geography) that can also affect growth.