Dr. Roland is Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1998-1999, he was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences in Stanford. He has received many honors including an honorary Professorship from the Renmin University of China in Beijing in 2002. He is currently editor of the Journal of Comparative Economics. Dr. Roland is the author of over 100 journal articles, chapters in books and books, and he has been published in leading economic journals. His research has covered many areas, particularly in the field of transition economics since the early nineties where he has covered the political economy aspects of transition as well as financial reform, privatization, restructuring and macroeconomic issues. He wrote the leading graduate textbook on the subject, Transition and Economics, published in 2000 and translated into various languages, including Chinese. He co-organized with Olivier Blanchard a Nobel symposium on transition economics in 1999. He has also been very active in recent years in the field of political economics, where he has done seminal work on the economic effect of political institutions around the world. Dr. Roland has also made contributions to the economics of enlargement and more generally the institutional structure of the European Union. His recent book Democratic Politics in the European Parliament (with Simon Hix and Abdul Noury) received the Richard F. Fenno Prize for the Best Book Published in the Field of Legislative Studies during 2007. In recent years, his research has broadened to developing economies in general where he investigates the links between institutions, institutional change and economic development.
Dr. Roland has worked for corporate clients and has provided expert testimony in a litigation context. He has been a regular consultant to the IMF, the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in the last 15 years and he has also consulted for the European Commission and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has been on several country missions with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz as part of Dr. Stiglitz’s Initiative for Policy Dialogue.
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Ph.D. Economics
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