I am ICREA Research Professor at the Barcelona Institute for Political Economy and Governance (IPEG), Adjunct Professor of Economics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Affiliate Professor at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, and the UBS Associate Professor of Economics at the New Economic School. I am also a non-resident Research Fellow at the Center for New Media and Society

I joined the Editorial Board of the Review of Economic Studies in January 2016.

I received PhD from Harvard University in 2008. I spent 2012 - 2013 as a Visiting Associate Research Scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. In 2012-2013, I have also been Research Director at the Center for New Media and SocietyMy research interests include mass media economics, political economy, and corporate governance.

In October 2011, I organized the 9th Workshop on Media Economics in Moscow, Russia. In May 2013, I co-organized (with Markus Prior and Martin Gilens) a conference on "Political Impact of Mass Media" in Princeton, NJ, and co-organized (with Joshua Tucker) "Social Media and Political Participation" conference in Florence, Italy. In June 2014 and June 2015, I co-organized (with Gianmarco Leon and Giacomo Ponzetto) "Economic Analysis of Electoral Politics" workshops in Barcelona, Spain (as a part of Barcelona GSE Summer Forum).

CV (March 2016)

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Refereed Publications

Mass media

Inequality and Media CaptureJournal of Public Economics, February 2008, 92 (1-2) , pp. 183-212

Newspapers and Parties: How Advertising Revenue Created an Independent Press”, [Online Appendix]American Political Science Review, November 2011, 105(4), pp.790-808. (c) American Political Science Association 

Media and Political Persuasion: Evidence from Russia (with Ruben Enikolopov and Katia Zhuravskaya), [Online Appendix][Data], American Economic Review, December 2011, 111(7): 3253-85    

Mass Media and Special Interest Groups”, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, September 2012, 84(1), pp. 17-38

Cross-Border Media and Nationalism: Evidence from Serbian Radio in Croatia (with Stefano DellaVignaRuben Enikolopov, Vera Mironova, and Katia Zhuravskaya), [Online Appendix], [Data]American Economic Journals: Applied Economics, July 2014, 6(3): 103–132

“Radio and the Rise of Nazis in Pre-War Germany” (with Maja AdenaRuben EnikolopovVeronica Santarosa, and Katia Zhuravskaya), [Online Appendix], [Data]Quarterly Journal of Economics, November 2015, 130: 1885-1939

Political Economy

"Field Experiment Estimate of Electoral Fraud in Russian Parliamentary Elections" (with Vasily Korovkin,  Ruben Enikolopov, Konstantin Sonin, and Alexei Zakharov), [Data]Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, January 2013, 110(2): 448-452.

Evolution of Risk and Political Regimes (with Robert H. Bates), [Online Appendix], Economics and Politics, July 2012, 24(2), pp.200-225

Corporate Governance

Firm Value in Crisis: Effects of Firm-Level Transparency and Country-Level Institutions” (with Ruben Enikolopov and Sergey Stepanov),  Journal of Banking and Finance, September 2014, 46: 72-84

“Politics, Instability, and International Investment Flows” (with Art Durnev, Ruben Enikolopov, and Veronica Santarosa), Journal of Corporate Finance, February 2015, 30: 299-324

Non-refereed publications

Political Economy of Media Capture,” in Information and Public Choice: From Media Markets to Policy Making, ed. by Roumeen Islam, World Bank, 2008.         pp.121-138 

“Media Capture: Empirical Evidence” (with Ruben Enikolopov), in Handbook of Media Economics, eds. Anderson, Simon, Joel Waldfogel, and David Strömberg, 2016, North-Holland, pp. 687-700

 “Media Persuasion, Ethnic Hatred, and Mass Violence: a Brief Overview of Recent Research Advances” (with David Yanagizawa-Drott), in Economics of Genocide, Mass Killing, and Their Prevention, eds. Anderton, Charles, and Jurgen Brauer, forthcoming in Oxford University Press

"Media Capture Outside Advanced Democracies," in Comparative Democratization APSA Newsletter, October 2015

Working Papers

Social Media and Corruption” (with Ruben Enikolopov and Konstantin Sonin), February 2016

Social Media and Protest Participation: Evidence from Russia” (with Ruben Enikolopov and Alexey Makarin), April 2016

Work in progress

“Politicians' Twitter and Political Donations” (with Ananya Sen and Pinar Yildrim)

“Social Networks, Peer Effects, and Protest Participation” (with Ruben Enikolopov, Alexey Makarin, and Leonid Polishchuk)

 Media freedom and Online-Offline Dissimilarity Indices” (with Ruben Enikolopov and Gleb Romanyuk)


Address: Office 24.310 Universitat Pompeu Fabra

25-27 Ramon Trias Fargas, Barcelona, Spain

Email: petrova.ma@gmail.com; maria.petrova@upf.edu

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