Stephen Haber
Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow
Member of Hoover IP Squared Working Group Steering Committee
Hoover Institution Stanford University


Stephen Haber is the A.A. and Jeanne Welch Milligan Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.  In addition, he is a professor of political science, professor of history, and professor of economics (by courtesy), as well as a senior fellow of both the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and the Stanford Center for International Development.  Haber directs the Hoover Institution Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity.

Haber is among Stanford’s most distinguished teachers, having been awarded every teaching prize Stanford has to offer.  He is the author or coauthor of five books, and the editor of five more. He has also published numerous scholarly articles in a wide variety of fields, including economics, political science, history, and law.

Haber has spent his academic life investigating the question of why some societies are characterized by innovation, high standards of living, and democratic governance, while other societies are characterized by poverty and autocracy. His most recent book (coauthored with Charles Calomiris), Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit (Princeton University Press 2014), examines why governments often choose to craft banking regulatory policies in ways that stifle competition and increase systemic risk.

Haber is currently working in two research areas. One of these focuses on the impact of the U.S. patent system on innovation and competition among firms. The other focuses on the impact of climate and geography on the evolution of societies’ fundamental economic and political institutions.

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