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A.A. and Jeanne Welch Milligan Professor | School of Humanities and Sciences

Stephen Haber

Faculty Affiliate
King Center on Global Development

A.A. and Jeanne Welch Milligan Professor
Stanford School of Humanities and Science

Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science

Senior Fellow
Hoover Institution

Senior Fellow
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

Stephen Haber is the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the A.A. and Jeanne Welch Milligan Professor of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. In addition, he is a professor of political science, professor of history, professor of economics by courtesy, and a senior fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. He has served as the associate dean for the social sciences, the director of graduate studies of the School of Humanities and Sciences, as the founding director of the Social Science History Institute, and as the founding director of the Hoover Institution Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity.

Haber’s current research focuses in two areas. The first is the law and economics of intellectual property and antitrust, where he has shown in a series of papers that the theory underlying government intervention in IP markets is internally inconsistent and logically incomplete. The second area is the origins of variance in levels of economic development and political democracy. By using geo-spatial methods, historical datasets that he has built by hand, and machine learning tools, Haber is demonstrating that underdevelopment and autocracy are not the results of conscious policy choices; rather societies have been conditioned by their geographic and climatological circumstances. The result is an explanation of why high income democracies and low income autocracies cluster in different world regions.