Raymond Fisman

Columbia Business School

Raymond Fisman is the Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise and research director of the social enterprise program at the Columbia Business School.

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. 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 and is the author of Economic Gangsters (with Edward Miguel).

Featured Work

NOV 17, 2008 Podcast

Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations

From the scapegoating of "witches" in Africa, to the pitfalls of speed-dating, to the cultures that foster corruption, Raymond Fisman explores the economics and psychology ...