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David I. Levine - Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, US

David I. Levine David I. Levine

Professor | Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Chair in Business Administration | Chair, Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group | Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley



Areas of Expertise (3)

Causes and Effects of Investments in Health and Education

Causes and Effects of High Wages, Workplace Diversity, and Employee Involvement

Obstacles to Good Management


David I. Levine is a Professor of Business Administration at Berkeley Haas. His work examines how industrialization has affected children in newly industrializing nations, particularly Indonesia. He has also conducted evaluations in Cambodia, Ghana, Kenya, and Senegal, exploring the impacts of programs promoting micro-health insurance, hunger alleviation, safe water, and solar ovens.

Education (3)

Harvard University: PhD, Economics 1987

Harvard University: AM, Economics 1985

University of California, Berkeley: BA, Economics and Computer Science 1982

Honors & Awards (6)

Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Evening MBA Program


Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Undergraduate Program


Club 6 Member, Haas School of Business

Awarded for teaching excellence, based on student evaluations, each year since 1988

Alumni Scholar

University of California

Omicron Delta Epsilon

Economics Honor Society

Phi Beta Kappa

Honor Society

Selected External Service & Affiliations (6)

  • Chair, Center for Health Research
  • Associate Director, Institute of Industrial Relations
  • Research Director, Center for Responsible Responsible Business
  • Advisory Board, Center for Responsible Responsible Business
  • Board Member: Institute of Industrial Relations Center for Labor Research and Education (advisory board and executive committee)
  • Editor: Industrial Relations

Positions Held (1)

At Haas since 1993

2006 – present, Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Chair in Business Administration, Haas School of Business
2009 – 2011, Chair, Economic Analysis and Policy Group, Haas School of Business
2005 – 2011 Chair of the Advisory Board, Scientific Evaluation and Global Evaluation
2005 – 2008, Chair, Center for Health Research
2004 – 2006, Research Director, Center for Responsible Business
2002 – 2006, Professor, Haas School of Business
1997 – 2005, Associate Director, Institute of Industrial Relations
1996 – 2000, Founding Director of Research, Center for Organization and Human Resource Effectiveness
1994 – 1995, Senior Economist, Council of Economic Advisers, Washington DC
1994, Senior Research Economist, Office of the American Workplace, US Department of Labor
1993 – 2002, Associate Professor, Haas School of Business
1991, Visiting Scholar, Industrial Relations Group, Sloan School, MIT
1988 – 1992, Faculty Mentor and Senior Editor, Labor Center Reporter
1983 – 1987, Teaching Fellow, Harvard University

Media Appearances (3)

Trump says economic plan would help poor, but rich would win most

SFGate  online


Donald Trump rolled out his economic plan Monday, billing it as one that would help those who have “the very least.” But analysts say many of his proposals would help those who have the very most.

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11 Ways President Trump's Tax Plan Could Affect Americans

U.S. News & World Report  online


Donald Trump's tax plan, explained.

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Geographic expansion reduces banks’ risk: New evidence

VOX  online


Economists offer strikingly different answers to a basic question: Does the geographic expansion of a bank’s activities reduce risk? Textbook portfolio theory suggests that geographic expansion will lower a bank’s risk if it involves adding assets whose returns are imperfectly correlated with existing assets. Diamond (1984) and Boyd and Prescott (1986) emphasise that diversified banks enjoy cost-efficiencies that can enhance stability. And, if diversification makes a bank too big or interconnected to fail, implicit or explicit government guarantees can lower the risk of investing in that bank (Gropp et al. 2011).

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Selected Papers & Publications (15)

What is a ‘meal’? Comparative methods of auditing carbon offset compliance for fuel-efficient cookstoves. Ecological Economics

David Levine, Steve Harrell, Theresa Beltramo, Garrick Blalock, Juliet Kyayesimira, and Andrew Simons


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The Disgust Box: A Novel Approach to Illustrate Water Contamination with Feces Global Health Promotion

David Levine, Kaniz Jannat, Mahfuzur Rahman, and Leanne Unicomb


Disgust, Shame and Soapy Water: Tests of Novel Interventions to Promote Safe Water and Hygiene Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

David Levine, Raymond P. Guiteras, Stephen P. Luby, Thomas H. Polley, Kaniz Khatun-e-Jannat, and Leanne Unicomb


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Insuring Health or Insuring Wealth? An Experimental Evaluation of Health Insurance in Rural Cambodia Journal of Development Economics

David Levine, Rachel Polimeni, and Ian Ramage


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Design Thinking in Development Engineering International Journal of Engineering Education

David Levine, Martha A. Lesniewski, and Alice M. Agogino


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Randomized Government Safety Inspections Reduce Worker Injuries with No Detectable Job Loss Science

David Levine, Michael W. Toffel and Matthew S. Johnson


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Learning to Dislike Safe Water Products: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effects of Direct and Peer Experience on Willingness to Pay Environmental Science & Technology

David Levine, Jill Luoto, Minhaj Mahmud, Jeff Albert, Stephen Luby, Nusrat Najnin, and Leanne Unicomb


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What Point-of-Use Water Treatment Products do Consumers Use and Value? Evidence from the Urban Poor in Bangladesh PLoS ONE

David Levine, ill Luoto, Nusrat Najnin, Minhaj Mahmud, Jeff Albert, M. Sirajul Islam, Stephen Luby and Leanne Unicomb


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End-User Preferences for and Performance of Competing POU Water Treatment Technologies among the Rural Poor of Kenya Environmental Science & Technology

David Levine, Jeff Albert and Jill Luoto


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Quality Management and Job Quality: How the ISO 9001 Standard for Quality Management Systems Affects Employees and Employers Management Science

David Levine and Michael Toffel


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Customer Discrimination Review of Economics and Statistics

David Levine, Laura Giuliano, and Jonathan Leonard


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Investment Following a Financial Crisis: Does Foreign Ownership Matter? Journal of Monetary Economics

David Levine, Garrick Blalock, and Paul Gertler


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Intention and Stochastic Outcomes: An Experimental Study Economic Journal

David Levine and Gary Charness


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Does Social Capital Promote Industrialization? Evidence from a Rapid Industrializer Review of Economics and Statistics

David Levine, Edward Miguel, and Paul Gertler


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Schooling and Parental Death Review of Economics and Statistics

David Levine, Paul Gertler and Minnie Ames


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Teaching (2)


E 201

Seminar in Industrial Relations & Labor

PhD 254