Haas School of Business
University of California, Berkeley
2220 Piedmont Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States

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  • Harvard University, Ph.D. in Economics, Jun. 2006
  • Harvard University, M. A. in Economics, Jun. 2003
  • Bocconi University, Laurea in Economia Politica, cum laude, Dec. 1999

Professional Experience

  • University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
    • Professor of Business and Public Policy, Jul. 2020-present

  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver School of Economics
    • Professor of Economics, Jul. 2014-on leave
    • Associate Professor of Economics, Jul. 2011-Jun. 2014
    • Assistant Professor of Economics, Jul. 2010-Jun. 2011

  • Stanford University, Department of Economics
    • Visiting Professor of Economics, Aug. 2017-Jul. 2018

  • University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
    • Assistant Professor of Economics, Jul. 2006-Jun. 2010

Other Visiting Positions

  • Georgetown University, DCPEC Distinguished Visitor, Oct. 2019
  • Stanford GSB and Hoover Institution, Visiting Scholar, Aug. 2017-Jul. 2018
  • New York Fed, Visiting Scholar, Dec. 2017
  • Bocconi University, IGIER Visiting Scholar, May-Jun. 2014; May-Jun. 2015

Editorial Experience

  • American Economic Review, Board of Editors, 2018-present
  • Journal of Political Economy, Associate Editor, 2018-2020
  • Journal of Public Economics, Co-Editor, 2012-2016
  • Canadian Journal of Economics, Editorial Advisor, 2013-2016

Other Professional Activities

  • Professional committee work
    • Steering Committee of the NBER Political Economy group, Member
    • Associate Program Director, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Institutions,
    • Organizations, and Growth group, Jan. 2017-Jun. 2020
    • Steering Committee of the Program on Political Institutions, Member (University of Chicago)

  • Conferences organized and keynote speeches
    • NBER Political Economy Meeting Co-Organizer (Fall Meeting 2010, Fall Meeting 2019)
    • Canadian Economics Association Meetings, 2018 Innis Lecture
    • CfPE Conference University of British Columbia–University of California Berkeley CoOrganizer (Sept. 2016; Sept. 2017; Oct. 2018)
    • Institut d’Economia de Barcelona Workshop on Political Economy & Public Finance 2015
    • Keynote American Finance Association Meetings 2015, Finance and Politics Session Chair
    • Festival dell’Economia Trento, 2014 Invited Lecture
    • Canada Public Economics Group, 2013 Keynote
    • Political Economy in the Chicago Area Co-Organizer (May 2008, Feb. 2009, Oct. 2009)

  • Consultant
    • Bank of Canada, Financial Stability Department, Consultant Sept. 2015

Honors, Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships

2019-present • Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Research Fellow
2017, 2014 • American Economic Review, Excellence in Refereeing Award
2016 • Bank of Canada, Fellowship Award
2015 • Government of Canada, Canada Research Chair in Economics (Tier 1)
2014 • Canadian Economics Association, John Rae Prize
2014-18 • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant
2013 • University of British Columbia, Killam Faculty Research Prize
2012 • Red Rock Conference, Best Paper Award
2012 • Bank of Canada, Governor’s Award
2011-13 • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Standard Research Grant
2010-11 • National Bureau of Economic Research, Africa Success Grant
2010-19 • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), Fellow
2011-present • National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Research Associate
2007-11 • National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Faculty Research Fellow
2006-10 • Initiative on Global Markets, University of Chicago, Project Grants
2005-06 • Harvard University, Graduate Society Dissertation Completion Fellowship
2003-04 • Harvard University, Graduate Instruction Committee Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics
2002-03 • Social Science Research Council, NY, Applied Economics Fellowship
2002 • International Monetary Fund, Summer Internship
2000-05 • Harvard University, Dillon Fellowship
2000-02 • Mediocredito Centrale, Rome, Marco Fanno Scholarship

Professional Associations Membership

  • Econometric Society
  • American Economic Association
  • European Economic Association


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Graduate Student Supervision and Placement

  • Committee Chair, UBC. Juan Felipe Riaño Rodríguez, in progress

  • Committee Chair, UBC. Adlai Newson, in progress

  • Committee Co-Chair, UBC. Brad Hackinen, 2019
    • First job: Assistant Professor, University of Western Ontario, Ivey Business School, Business, Economics and Public Policy

  • Committee Chair, UBC. Nathan Canen, 2018
    • First job: Assistant Professor, University of Houston, Dept. of Economics

  • Committee Chair, UBC. Thomas Cornwall, 2018
    • First job: Economist, Analysis Group, Inc

  • Committee Member, UBC (Sauder). Kairong Xiao, 2017
    • First job: Assistant Professor, Columbia University, Graduate School of Business, Finance

  • Committee Chair, UBC. Anderson Frey, 2016
    • First job: Assistant Professor, University of Rochester, Dept. of Political Science

  • Committee Chair, UBC. Chad Kendall, 2014
    • First job: Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, Finance and Business Economics

  • Committee Chair, UBC. Thomas Fujiwara, 2011
    • First job: Assistant Professor, Princeton University, Dept. of Economics

Invited Seminar and Conference Presentations

  • Electoral Rules and Minority Representation in US Cities. Harvard University; Brown University; Harvard Business School; Stockholm University; University of Maryland; University of Chicago (GSB); London Business School; University of British Columbia; Cornell University.

  • Risk Aversion and Expected Utility Theory: A Field Experiment with Large and Small Stakes. 12th Foundations and Applications of Utility, Risk & Decision Theory Conference; Harvard University.

  • Votes or Money? Theory and Evidence from the US Congress. University of British Columbia; NBER Political Economy Meeting (Fall 2007); American Economic Association Meetings (2008); University of Maryland; University of Chicago (GSB & Harris School); World Bank; CIRPEE/UQAM; Cornell University; Northwestern University (Kellogg MEDS).

  • Measuring Central Bank Communication: An Automated Approach with Application to FOMC Statements. University of British Columbia; NBER Monetary Economics Meeting (Spring 2008); University of Chicago (GSB); IMT Lucca; SED Meetings (2008).

  • Together or Alone in Lobbying for Trade Policy. SED Meetings (2008); PIER 2008; KDI-Seoul.

  • The Political Economy of the U.S. Mortgage Default Crisis. Stockholm University; Bocconi University; University of British Columbia; NBER Monetary Economics Meeting (Spring 2009); Princeton University; Harvard/MIT Positive Political Economy Seminar; Stanford GSB; KDI-Seoul.

  • Is It Whom You Know or What You Know? An Empirical Assessment of the Lobbying Process. KDI-Seoul; University of British Columbia; UC Berkeley (Haas); CIFAR IOG Meeting (Spring 2011); New York University; PIEP 2011 Princeton University.

  • Foreclosures, House Prices, and the Real Economy. University of British Columbia; New York Fed.

  • Inconsistent Regulators: Evidence from Banking. University of British Columbia; Simon Fraser University; Brown University; Harvard/MIT Positive Political Economy Seminar; NBER Political Economy Meeting (Spring 2012); Stanford GSB Strategy & the Business Environment Conference (Spring 2012); CIFAR IOG Meeting (Summer 2012); Minneapolis Fed; Bank of Canada; IMT Lucca; European Central Bank.

  • Resolving Debt Overhang: Political Constraints in the Aftermath of Financial Crises. American Economic Association Meetings (2012); Harvard Politics and Economics of International Finance (Spring 2015).

  • How is Power Shared in Africa? SITE 2012 Stanford University; Minneapolis Fed; CIFAR IOG Meeting (Fall 2012); Yale University; NBER Political Economy Meeting (Spring 2013); Princeton University.

  • How Do Voters Respond to Information? Evidence from a Randomized Campaign. University of British Columbia; University of Bologna; CIFAR IOG Meeting (Summer 2013); Caltech; USC (Marshall); CPE 2014 Princeton University; Northwestern University (Kellogg MEDS); University of Chicago (Harris School).

  • The Revolving Door and Worker Flows in Banking Regulation. PIEP 2013 Harvard University; Bocconi University; Paris School of Economics/SciencesPo Political Economy Seminar.

  • The Dictator’s Inner Circle. UC Berkeley BCEP (2013); University of British Columbia; Bocconi University; Lugano; University of Warwick; London School of Economics; University of Maryland; CIFAR IOG Meeting (Fall 2014); Rice University; New York University; University of Chicago (Booth); Hong Kong University of Science & Technology; National University of Singapore.

  • A Theory of Minimalist Democracy. CIFAR IOG Meeting (Spring 2014); NBER Political Economy & Public Finance Summer Institute (2014); Political Economy of Social Conflict Conference Yale University (2015); American Economic Association Meetings (2017).

  • Lobbying the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. Harvard Politics and Economics of International Finance (Spring 2015).

  • Insurgency & Small Wars: Estimation of Unobserved Coalition Structures. Stanford GSB; UC Berkeley (Haas); University of Rochester; CIRPEE/UQAM 2015; University of Pennsylvania; UC San Diego; Columbia University; University of Chicago (Harris); CIFAR IOG Meeting (Summer 2016); University of Toronto.

  • Regulation and Market Liquidity. Washington University St. Louis (Olin); Bank of Canada; University of Amsterdam; Hertie School Berlin.

  • Is Europe an Optimal Political Area? Brookings Papers on Economic Activity Conference (Spring 2017).

  • Factions in Nondemocracies: Theory and Evidence from the Chinese Communist Party. Carnegie-Mellon University; CIFAR IOG Meeting (Spring 2017); NBER Political Economy Meeting (Spring 2017); 5th Workshop on Political Economy of Development & Conflict Barcelona; Warwick/Princeton/Utah Political Economy Conference (2017); Washington PECO (2017); Tsinghua University; Stanford University; Santa Clara University; Stanford GSB.

  • Authoritarian Elites. Stanford SIEPR; Canadian Economic Association Meetings (2018).

  • Tax-Exempt Lobbying: Corporate Philanthropy as a Tool for Political Influence. Stanford GSB; CIFAR IOG Meeting (Spring 2018); NBER Political Economy Summer Institute (2018); UC Berkeley (Haas).

  • Making Policy Matter: Voters’ Response to Campaign Promises. UCLA (Anderson); Yale University; New York University; Stanford University; UC Berkeley; USC (Marshall); Hoover Institution; Stanford GSB; Princeton University; Tsinghua University; Caltech; University of Oslo; CIFAR IOG Meeting (Summer 2019).

  • Empirical Models of Lobbying. Georgetown University.

  • Hall of Mirrors: Corporate Philanthropy and Strategic Advocacy. CIFAR IOG Meeting (Spring 2019); UC Berkeley (Haas); University of Rochester.