Francesco Amodio

Associate Professor, McGill University

CEPR and IZA Research Affiliate, CIREQ and CReAM Research Fellow

MONT^2 Founding Member, McGill CPD Associate Member

Leacock Building 514

855 Sherbrooke St. West

Montreal, QC, H3A 2T7

curriculum vitae [pdf]

e-mail francesco.amodio [at]

twitter @fscoamodio

Research Interests

Development Economics, Labor Economics, Political Economy

I study market imperfections and their impact on the productivity and efficiency of organizations, focusing primarily on firms and labor markets in low-income countries.

Published and Forthcoming Papers

Input Allocation, Workforce Management and Productivity Spillovers: Evidence from Personnel Data (with M. A. Martinez)

The Review of Economic Studies 85(4), 2018, 1937-1970.

Ethnicity and Violence During Democratic Transitions: Evidence from South Africa (with G. Chiovelli)

Journal of the European Economic Association 16(4), 2018, 1234-1280.

Making Do with What You Have: Conflict, Input Misallocation and Firm Performance (with M. Di Maio)

The Economic Journal 128(615), 2018, 2559-2612.

Crime Protection Investment Spillovers: Theory and Evidence from the City of Buenos Aires

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 159, 2019, 626-649.

Security, Trade, and Political Violence (with L. Baccini and M. Di Maio)

Journal of the European Economic Association 19(1), 2021, 1-37.

Agricultural Comparative Advantage and Legislators' Support for Trade Agreements (with L. Baccini, G. Chiovelli and M. Di Maio)

The Journal of Politics, forthcoming.

Bribes vs. Taxes: Market Structure and Incentives (with J. Choi, G. De Giorgi and A. Rahman)

Journal of Comparative Economics, forthcoming.

Working Papers

Workplace Incentives and Organizational Learning (with M. A. Martinez)

Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Labor Economics

The Employment Effects of Ethnic Politics (with G. Chiovelli and S. Hohmann)

Selection and Absolute Advantage in Farming and Entrepreneurship (with F. Alvarez and M. Poschke)

Measuring Labor Market Power in Developing Countries: Evidence from Colombian Plants (with N. de Roux)

Pre-colonial Ethnic Institutions and Party Politics in Africa (with G. Chiovelli and D. Munson)

Trade Agreements: What Do Governments Maximize? (with L. Baccini, G. Chiovelli and M. Di Maio)

Inputs, Incentives, and Self-Selection At the Workplace (with M. A. Martinez)

Work in Progress

Labor Market Power, Self-employment, and Development (with P. Medina and M. Morlacco)

Evaluating Export Benefits Along the Value Chain (with G. Chiovelli and S. Frache)

Policy Briefs

Working in Export Manufacturing: A Blessing or a Curse? (with A. Menzel) [pdf]

The Effect of the Italian Support System for Refugees and Asylum Seekers on the Local Economy (with A. Martelli and C. Paoli) [pdf]

Trade Restrictions Lead to Lower Wages and More Violence (with M. Di Maio) [pdf]


Pay Out Emergency Benefits or Subsidize Wages

Montreal Gazette, March 2020 [link]

How conflict disrupts the economy: New evidence from the West Bank and Gaza (with M. Di Maio), December 2018 [link]

Se i Rifugiati Danno Posti di Lavoro agli Italiani (with A. Martelli and C. Paoli), October 2018 [link]

Feedback rating to decrease bribery: Evidence from the Kyrgyz Republic (with J. Choi, G. De Giorgi and A. Rahman), July 2018 [link]

Il Ventennio Boom del Divario Generazionale (with A. Martelli), June 2014 [link]

Firms in Conflict: Adapt or Perish (with M. Di Maio), May 2014 [link]

Percepciones y Realidad sobre el tema de los Delitos en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires (with L. Freira), February 2013 [link]