Suresh Naidu is an Assistant Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he started in 2010 after taking a Harvard Academy Junior Fellowship. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2008, and an M.A. in economics from University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2004. One strand of Professor Naidu’s research has looked at the political economy of coercive labor markets in the post-bellum US South and 19th century England. Another strand has looked at the economic incidence of political transitions, estimating the returns to landowners from black disenfranchisement in the late 19th century US South and the asset price increases caused by CIA-sponsored coups.
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Strong enforcement of property rights is good for economic growth, says the conventional wisdom. The link may not be as clear cut, says Suresh Naidu