Raymond Fisman, Professor of Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School, discusses his latest book Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations.
He explains how seemingly irrational atrocities around the world may have logical causes, as well as logical solutions.
Raymond Fisman is the Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise and Research Director of the Social Enterprise Program at the Columbia Business School. Professor Fisman received his Ph.D. in Business Economics at Harvard University.
He worked as a consultant in the Africa Division of the World Bank for a year before moving to Columbia in 1999. Professor Fisman's research focuses on corruption and more broadly on what makes people do bad things (he also sometimes thinks about why people do good things).
His work has been published in leading economics journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and Quarterly Journal of Economics. He writes a monthly column for Slate Magazine. Economic Gangsters is his first book.