Louis Putterman conducts research on economic behavior, economic development, organizations, incentives, and economic systems. His recent research topics include: effects of early history on recent levels and rates of growth; industrial enterprise behavior and employment in China; income distribution; and rural economic development. In recent years, he has been conducting experiments to study trust, reciprocity, cooperation, and preferences regarding the distribution of income.
Born 1952, B.A. Columbia University 1976, Ph.D. (Economics) 1980. Putterman has taught at Brown since receiving his Ph.D. He received Fulbright and other research awards to conduct research in Tanzania and in China. He has been active in Brown's Development Studies program, directing its masters program since 2000 and its undergraduate program since 2005. He was president of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies in 2000-2001. He has written or edited eight books and published over 80 scholarly articles in refereed journals and books.
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