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Lee J. AlstonLee J. Alston

Office: Econ 202
Fax: 303.492.8960
Dept. Phone: 303.735.5500
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Economic History • Economic Development • Political Economy • Environmental Economics • New Institutional Economics

Current Research Interests:
Research interests focus on the political economy of Latin America and the U.S., and issues of agricultural contracting in the United State and Latin America.

• Director, Institute of Behavioral Science, Institutions Program
• Research Associate at the NBER
• International Society for the New Institutional Economics
• Economic History Association
• The Cliometrics Association
• Center on Peace and Liberty, The Independent Institute

Short CV

PhD–University of Washington
MA–University of Washington
BA–Indiana University, with distinction

PhD, University of Washington, 1978, Lee J. Alston is a professor whose current research interests focus on the contracting and property rights of natural resource use in the historical United States and present day Latin America. Alston is also engaged in analyzing the role of beliefs, leadership and institutions on economic and political outcomes.