New Economic School, Professor, Rector
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, ICREA Research Professor
Barcelona Institute of Political Economy and Governance, Researcher
Barcelona GSE, Affiliate Professor
CEPR, Research Fellow

My work is mainly focused on empirical analysis related to political economy, economics of mass media, development economics and corporate finance.

Here is my CV

My Google Scholar Page


"Social Media and Corruption," (2018) with  Maria Petrova and Konstantin Sonin

American Economic Journals: Applied Economics, 10(1): 150-174.

A column in VoxEU 

Slides with presentation

Journal of Development Economics124: 199-213.

Online Appendix                                                                                                                                                                           

Blog post on this paper in  World Bank's  "Let's Talk Development"    

"Electoral Rules and Political Selection: Theory and Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan," (2016)
 with Andrew Beath, Fotini Christia, and Georgy Egorov 
Review of Economic Studies, 83(3): 932-968.
Online Appendix
Data and replication files for "Electoral Rules and Political Selection: Theory and Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan"  
Article in Mapping Ignorance

"Radio and the Rise of the Nazis in Prewar Germany" (2015) 
with Maja AdenaMaria PetrovaVeronica Santarosa, and Katia Zhuravskaya           
Quarterly Journal of Economics, 130(4): 1885-1939.
Online Appendix
Data and replication files for "Radio and the Rise of the Nazis in Prewar Germany" 
Slides with presentation

Politics, instability, and international investment flows(2015) with Art Durnev, Maria Petrova, and Veronica Santarosa 
Journal of Corporate Finance, 30: 299-324.

Journal of Public Economics, 120: 74-83.

"Assessing health system performance: A model-based approach" (2013) with John Gerring, Strom Thacker, Julián Arévalo, and Matthew Maguire
Social Science & Medicine, 93: 21-28.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(2): 448-452.

American Economic Review, 111(7): 3253-85.
Data and replication files for "Media and Political Persuasion: Evidence from Russia"
Correction to the calculation of persuasion rates in the paper 
Slides with presentation 

Journal of Public Economics, 91: 2261-2290.

Chapters in Books

"Media Capture: Empirical Evidence" (2016) with Maria Petrova
in Handbook of Media Economics, Simon Anderson, David Strömberg, Joel Waldfogel (eds.), Elsevier.

"Corporate Governance in Russia" (2013) with Sergey Stepanov 
in Handbook of the Russian Economy, Michael Alexeev and Shlomo Weber (eds.), Oxford University Press.

"Federalism and Political Centralization" (2007) with Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

in Political Institutions and Development: Failed Expectations and Renewed Hopes, Natalia Dinello and Vladimir Popov (eds.), Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK.

Working Papers    

"Social Media and Protest Participation: Evidence from Russia," with Maria Petrova and Aleksey Makarin

"Can Development Programs Counter Insurgencies?: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan,"  with Andrew Beath and Fotini Christia

Online Appendix

An earlier version of this paper was circulated with the title “Winning Hearts and Minds: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan.” Version of 2012.

An article in New York Times                             

"Do Elected Councils Improve Governance Outcomes? Experimental Evidence on Local Institutions in Afghanistan," with Andrew Beath and Fotini Christia                                                                                                            

An article in Foreign PolicyBlog post on this paper in World Bank's  "Let's Talk Development"

"Are Bureaucrats Really Paid Like Bureaucrats?

"Social Networks, Peer Effects, and Protest Participation," with Maria PetrovaAleksey Makarin, and Leonid Polishchuk

Work in Progress

"Social Media and Xenophobia: Evidence from Russia,” with Leonardo BurzstynGeorgy Egorov, and Maria Petrova

"Bombs, Broadcasts, and Betrayal at the Home Front: Determinants of Resistance in Germany during World War II," with  Maja AdenaMaria Petrova, and Hans-Joachim Voth

"Media freedom and Online-Offline Dissimilarity Indices," with Maria Petrova and Gleb Romanyuk 


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