Benjamin Marx

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I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at Boston University. I am also affiliated with BREAD, CEPR, and J-PAL.

My research interests are in political economy and development. I am broadly interested in understanding how social, political, and cultural constraints interact with the process of economic development. One strand of my research studies democracy in developing countries and globally. I have worked in various countries including Indonesia, Kenya, Senegal, and Uganda.  Another strand explores the political economy of religion. Several of my papers take a historical perspective to study how institutions and culture have shaped the evolution of modern states.  Finally, I have also worked on the topics of urban poverty as well as religious discrimination and ethnic favoritism. I completed my PhD in Economics from MIT in 2018.

You can download my CV here, read my research papers here, and find my Google Scholar profile here.

Recent papers:

The Dynamic Consequences of State-Building: Evidence from the French Revolution (with Cédric Chambru and Emeric Henry). Conditionally accepted, American Economic Review.

Electoral Turnovers (with Vincent Pons and Vincent Rollet). Revise & Resubmit, Review of Economic Studies.

J'Accuse! Antisemitism and Financial Markets in the Time of the Dreyfus Affair (with Quoc-Anh Do, Roberto Galbiati, and Miguel Ortiz Serrano). Forthcoming, Journal of Financial Economics.

Religion, Education, and the State (with Samuel Bazzi and Masyhur Hilmy). Revise & Resubmit, Review of Economic Studies.

Eat Widely, Vote Wisely: Lessons from a Campaign Against Vote Buying in Uganda (with Chris Blattman, Horacio Larreguy, and Otis Reid). New draft.

Contact Information


Boston University

Department of Economics

270 Bay State Road 517C

Boston, MA 02215

bmarx@bu.edu