Working Papers

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Kouevi-Gath, Beni, Pierre-Guillaume Méon and Laurent Weill, 2019. “Do Banking Crises Improve Democracy?


Abel François and Pierre-Guillaume Méon (2018) “Politicians at higher levels of government are perceived as more corrupt

Cavatorta, Elisa and Ben Groom (2018) “Do Counter-Insurgency Policies Change The Way People Make Decisions? Evidence From A Natural Experiment

Beverelli, Cosimo, Alexander Keck, Mario Larch and Yoto V. Yotov (2018) “Institutions, Trade and Development: A Quantitative Analysis

Marco Giani & Pierre-Guillaume Méon (2017) “Global Racist Contagion following Donald Trump’s Election


Ahsan, Reshad and Kazi Iqbal (2017) “How Does Violence Affect Exporters? Evidence from Political Strikes in Bangladesh

Amirapu, Amrit (2017) “Justice Delayed is Growth Denied: The Effect of Slow Courts on Relationship-Specific Industries in India

Andersen, Thomas B. and Peter S. Jensen (2017) “Preaching Democracy

Baier, Scott L., Amanda Kerr and Yoto V. Yotov (2017) “Gravity, Distance, and International Trade

Baier, Scott L., Jeffrey H. Bergstrand and Matthew W. Clance (2017) “Heterogeneous Economic Integration Agreements’ Effects, Gravity and Welfare

Bandyopadhyay, Subhayu, Arnab K.Basu, Nancy H.Chau and Devashish Mitra (2017) “Offshoring in Developing Countries: Labor Market Outcomes, Welfare, and Policy

Berkowitz, Daniel, Hong Ma and Shuichiro Nishioka (2017) “Does Capital-Labor Substitution or Do Institutions Explain Declining Labor Shares?

Beshkar, Mostafa and Ahmad Lashkaripour (2017) “Interdependence of Trade Policies in General Equilibrium

Dixit, Avinash (2017) “Fighting Corruption By Altering Equilibrium In An Assurance Game

Doremus, Jacqueline (2017) “Unintended Impacts: How roads change health and nutrition for ethnic minorities in Congo

Fergusson, Leopoldo, Carlos Molina and Juan Feipe Riano (2017) “I sell my vote, and so what? A new database and evidence from Colombia

Molana, Hassan, Catia Montagna and George E. Onwordi (2017) “Reforming the Liberal Welfare State: International Shocks, Unemployment and Household Income Shares

Stroup, Caleb and Ben Zissimos (2017) “Pampered Bureaucracy, Political Stability, and Trade Integration

Zissimos, Ben (2017) “A Theory of Trade Policy under Dictatorship and Democratization


Alston, Lee, Marcus A. Melo, Bernardo Mueller and Carlos Pereira (2016) “A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Critical Transitions

Bai, Xue, Kala Krishna and Hong Ma (2016) “How You Export Matters: Export Mode, Learning and Productivity in China

Bernhofen, Daniel M., Zouheir El-Sahli and Richard Kneller (2016) “The Impact of Technological Change on New Trade: Evidence from the Container Revolution

Bernard, Andrew B. and Swati Dhingra (2016) “Importers, Exporters and the Division of the Gains from Trade

Brown, James R., J.Anthony Cookson and Rawley Heimer (2016) ” Growing Up Without Finance “

Callen, Michael, Saad Gulzar, Ali Hasanain and Yasir Khan (2016) ” The Political Economy of Public Sector Absence: Experimental Evidence from Pakistan

Carballo, Jerónimo, Alejandro Graziano, Georg Schaur, and Christian Volpe Martincus (2016) “The Border Labyrinth: Information Technologies and Trade in the Presence of Multiple Agencies

Chakravorty, Ujjayant, Marie-Helene Hubert and Beyza Ural Marchand (2016) “The Effect of the US Biofuels Mandate on Poverty in India

Chau, Nancy H., Yu Qin and Weiwen Zhang (2016) “Leader Networks and Transaction Costs: A Chinese Experiment in Interjurisdictional Contracting

Cole, Matthew T., Ronald B. Davies and Todd Kaplan (2016) “Protection in Government Procurement Auctions

Dasgupta, Aditya, Kishore Gawande and Devesh Kapur (2016) “(When) Do Anti-Poverty Programs Reduce Violence? India’s Rural Employment Guarantee and Maoist Conflict

DeRemer, David R. (2016) “The Principle of Reciprocity in the 21st Century

Dix-Carneiro, Rafael and Brian K. Kovak (2016) “Trade Liberalization and Regional Dynamics

Dix-Carneiro, Rafael, Rodrigo R. Soares and Gabriel Ulyssea (2016) “Local Labor Market Conditions and Crime: Evidence from the Brazilian Trade Liberalization.”

Ellis, Christopher, Jon C. Thompson and Jiabin Wu (2016) “Complementarities, Coordination, and Culture

Fan, Haichao, Yao Amber Li and Stephen R. Yeaple (2016) “On the Relationship Between Quality and Productivity: Evidence from China’s Accession to the WTO

Guardado, Jenny (2016) “Office-Selling, Corruption, and Long-Term Development in Peru

Krishna, Kala and Lena Sheveleva (2016) “Wheat or Strawberries? Intermediated Trade with Limited Contracting.

Lake, James and Maia K. Linask (2016) “Could tariffs be pro-cyclical?

Méon, Pierre-Guillaume and Khalid Sekkatb (2016) “A time to throw stones, a time to reap: How long does it take for democratic transitions to improve institutional outcomes?

Méon, Pierre-Guillaume and Ilan Tojerow (2016) “In God We Learn? Religions’ Universal Messages, Context-Specific Effects, and Minority Status

Monarch, Ryan and Tim Schmidt-Eisenlohr (2016) “Learning and the Value of Relationships in International Trade.

Roy, Jayjit (2016) “Employment Protection Legislation and International Trade

Zissimos, Ben and Jan Wouters (2016) ” US – Shrimp II (Vietnam): Dubious Application of Anti-Dumping Duties; Should Have Used Safeguards


Ahlin, Christian and Hyeok Jeong (2015) “The Conditional Gini: Estimation and Application to the Relationship between Wealth, Financial Use, and Income Inequality

Alfaro, Laura, Pol Antras, Davin Chor and Paola Conconi (2015) “Internalizing Global Value Chains: A Firm-Level Analysis

Bartelme, Dominick and Yuriy Gorodnichenko (2015) “Linkages and Economic Development

Besedes, Tibor, Stefan Goldbach and Volker Nitsch (2015)  ” You’re Banned! The Effect of Sanctions on Cross-Border Financial Flows

Boehm, Johannes (2015) “The Impact of Contract Enforcement Costs on Outsourcing and Aggregate Productivity

Bove, Vincenzo, Jean-Philippe Platteau and Petros G. Sekeris (2015)  “Political repression in autocratic regimes

Brown, James R., J.Anthony Cookson and Rawley Heimer (2015) “Law and Finance Matter: Lessons from Externally Imposed Courts

Buzard, Kristy (2015) “Endogenous Politics and the Design of Trade Institutions

Carter, Michael R. and John Morrow (2015) “The Political Economy of Inclusive Rural Growth

Chakravorty, Ujjayant, Marie-Helene Hubert and Beyza Ural Marchand (2015) “The effect of the US biofuels mandate on poverty in India

Cunha, Alexandre and Emanuel Ornelas (2015) “The Limits of Political Compromise: Debt Ceilings and Political Competition.

Dhillon, Amrita, Vegard Iversen and Gaute Torsvik (2015) “Employee referral, social proximity and worker discipline: Theory and Evidence from India

Dreher, Axel, Andreas Fuchs, Roland Hodler, Bradley C. Parks, Paul A. Raschky and Michael J. Tierney (2015) “Aid on Demand: African Leaders and the Geography of China’s Foreign Assistance”  

Eberhardt, Markus, Zheng Wang and Zhihong Yu (2015) “From One to Many Central Plans: Drug Advertising Inspections and Intra-National Protectionism in China

Glaeser, Edward L., Giacomo A. M. Ponzetto and Yimei Zou (2015)  “Urban Networks: Spreading the Flow of Goods, People, and Ideas” 

Idzalika, Rajius, Thomas Kneibe and Immaculada Martinez-Zarzoso (2015) “The Effect of Income on Democracy Revisited: A Flexible Distributional Approach

Krishna, Kala, Sergey Lychagin and Veronica Frisancho Robles (2015) “Retaking in High Stakes Exams: Is Less More?

Lake, James (2015) “Why don’t more countries form Customs Unions instead of Free Trade Agreements? The role of flexibility

Lake, James and Maia Linask (2015) “Domestic political competition and pro-cyclical import protection

Lake, James and Santanu Roy (2015) “Are global trade negotiations behind a fragmented world of “gated globalization”?

Lashkaripour, Ahmad (2015) “Beyond Gravity: the Composition of Multilateral Trade Flows

Leahy, Dermot and Catia Montagna (2015)  “Economising, Strategising and the Vertical Boundaries of the Firm

Leibovici, Fernando (2015) “Financial Development and International Trade”  

Lopes da Fonseca, M. and T. Baskaran (2015) “Re-evaluating the economic costs of conflicts

Lugovskyy, Volodymyr and Alexandre Skiba (2015) “Positive and Negative Effects of Distance on Export Prices

Magda, Iga , David Marsden and Simone Moriconi (2015) Lower coverage but stronger unions? Institutional changes and union wage premia in central Europe

Molana, Hassan and Catia Montagna (2015)  “Selection, Trade, and Employment: the Strategic Use of Subsidies

Nicita, Alessandro, Marcelo Olarreaga and Peri Silva (2015) “Cooperation in WTO’s Tariff Waters

Rotunno, Lorenzo and Adrian Wood (2015)  “Wages and endowments in a globalised world

Temple, Jonathan and Nicolas Van de Sijpe (2015) “Foreign Aid and Domestic Absorption

Von Ehrlich, Maximilian and Tobias Seidel (2015) “The Persistent Effects of Place-Based Policy: Evidence from the West-German Zonenrandgebiet

Zissimos, Ben (2015) “World Price Shocks, Income, and Democratization


Anesi, Vincent and Giovanni Facchini (2014) “Coercive Trade Policy

Baland, Jean-Marie,  Rohini Somanathan and Zaki Wahhaj (2014) “Group Lending and Endogenous Social Sanctions

Basu, Kaushik and Avinash Dixit (2014) “Too Small to Regulate

Besedes, Tibor (2014) “The Effects of European Integration on the Stability of International Trade: A Duration Perspective

Buzard, Kristy  (2014) “Self-enforcing Trade Agreements, Dispute Settlement and Separation of Powers

Cookson, J. Anthony (2014) “Economic Consequences of Judicial Institutions: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

Giordani, Paolo, Nadia Rocha and Michele Ruta (2014) “Food Prices and the Multiplier Effect of Trade Policy 

Hadjiyiannis, Costas, Maria S. Heracleous and Chrysostomos Tabakis (2014) “Regionalism and Conflict: Peace Creation and Peace Diversion

Handley, Kyle and Nuno Limao (2014) “Policy Uncertainty, Trade and Welfare: Theory and Evidence for China and the U.S.

Johannsen, Florian and Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso (2014) “Political Determinants of the Extensive and Intensive Margins of International Arms Transfers

Martinez-Zarzoso, Inmaculada, Felicitas Nowak-Lehmann D. and Kai Rehwald (2014) “Is aid for trade effective? A Quantile Regression Approach

Parsons, Christopher and Pierre-Louis Vezina (2014) “Migrant Networks and Trade: The Vietnamese Boat People as a Natural Experiment

Peng, Shin-Kun, Raymond Riezman and Ping Wang (2014) “Intermediate Goods Trade, Technology Choice and Productivity


Dhillon, Amrita, Vegard Iversen and Gaute Torsvik (2013) “Employee referral, social proximity and worker discipline: Theory and Evidence from India