Welcome to my website
I am an economist, senior research fellow ("Maître de Recherche") with the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique.
I work at ECARES: the European Centre for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics, a research center of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, which is part of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (I know: this is a bit complicated, welcome to Belgium!).
I obtained my Ph.D. in economics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at IGIER (Bocconi University, Milan), and two years visiting NYU (September 2014 - January 2017). I am also a CEPR research affiliate.
My main research topics include the political economics of collective decisions, and of reforms. I also work on conflict and organization theory.
My scientific works have been published in leading academic journals, such as Econometrica, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of the European Economic Association, Economic Journal, Journal of Public Economics, Games and Economic Behavior, International Economic Review, International Tax and Public Finance, and in several books.
I am also a member of the scientific board of the Price Observatory of the Belgian government and of the National Bank of Belgium, and I acted as an external expert a.o. for a multinational company, the Bertelsmann Foundation, and the World Bank.
Electoral Systems and Inequalities in Government Interventions, joint with Laurent Bouton and Garance Génicot [new].
A Theory of Small Campaign Contributions, joint with Laurent Bouton and Allan Drazen [new version].
June 2018: I am now an associate editor at the European Economic Review. Submit your paper here!
April 2018: New (and substantially improved, of course) version of: The Unexpected Consequences of Asymmetric Competition. An Application to Big Pharma, with Georges Siotis, Carmine Ornaghi, and Maria-Angeles de Frutos. VoxEU column: http://voxeu.org/article/unexpected-consequences-asymmetric-competition
- Bouton, Laurent, Micael Castanheira, and Aniol Llorente-Saguer (2016). "Divided Majority and Information Aggregation: Theory and Experiment" [Latest Draft - Oct. 2015] and [Supplementary Appendix], Journal of Public Economics, 134(2), pp114-128
- Bouton, Laurent, Micael Castanheira, and Aniol Llorente Saguer (2015). "Multicandidate Elections: Aggregate Uncertainty in the Laboratory", forthcoming in Games and Economic Behavior [final draft]
- Aragonès, Enriqueta, Micael Castanheira and Marco Giani (2015). "Electoral Competition through Issue Selection", American Journal of Political Science, January 2015: 71-90 [download latest draft] [PDF from AJPS Website]