Ross Levine is the Willis H. Booth Chair in Banking and Finance at the University of California, Berkeley. For the past seven years, he has been the James and Merryl Tisch Professor of Economics at Brown University and director of the William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Levine received his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA in 1987 after graduating from Cornell University in 1982. After working at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for three years, Levine moved to the World Bank, where he managed and conducted research and operational programs. His work focuses on the linkages between financial-sector policies, the operation of financial systems and the functioning of the economy.
He has published more than 100 articles in professional journals. His just-released book with James Barth and Gerard Caprio, "Guardians of Finance: Making Regulators Work for Us," critiques the role of U.S. and international regulators in causing global financial crises and proposes strategies for improving their performance.