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 mainly in political economy and development. One strand of my research studies the determinants of political accountability, state capacity, and voting behavior in developing countries. I have worked in various countries including Kenya, Senegal, and Uganda as well as, more recently, Indonesia. Another strand explores the political economy of religion, with the goal of better understanding the interplay between religious institutions, politics, and culture. In addition, I am interested in the study of discrimination and the political economy of urban poverty. 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:

Religion, Education, and Development (with Samuel Bazzi and Masyhur Hilmy). Revise & resubmit, Econometrica.

The Dynamic Consequences of State-Building: Evidence from the French Revolution (with CĂ©dric Chambru and Emeric Henry). Revise & Resubmit, 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). Revise & resubmit, Journal of Financial Economics.

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

The Institutional Foundations of Religious Politics: Evidence from Indonesia (with Samuel Bazzi and Gabriel Koehler-Derrick). Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2020.