Gilat Levy

Department of Economics

London School of Economics

g.levy1 at


Working Papers

Political Social-Learning: Short Term Memory and Cycles of Polarisation, joint with Ronny Razin.

Research Waves, with Mariagiovanna Baccara and Ronny Razin (Slides).

The Dynamics of Cohort Effects in Politics, with Ronny Razin.


Misspecified Politics and the Recurrence of Populism, with Ronny Razin and Alwyn Young, 2022, American Economic Review. See additional proofs (online appendix) hereWatch a presentation in the CEPR Political Economy series here

Persuasion with Correlation Neglect: A Full Manipulation Result, with Ines Moreno de Barreda and Ronny Razin,  2022, American Economic Review - Insights. For a previous working paper version, see  Persuasion with Correlation Neglect. See also Joint Feasible Distributions over Posteriors: A Graphical Approach

Combining Forecasts in the Presence of Ambiguity over Correlation Structures, with Ronny Razin, 2022, Journal of Economic Theory.

Polarized extremes and the confused centre: Campaign targeting of voters with correlation neglect, with Ines Moreno de Barreda and Ronny Razin, 2021, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Vol. 16: No. 2, pp 139-155. 

A Maximum Likelihood Approach to Combining Forecasts, with Ronny Razin, 2021, Theoretical Economics,  Volume 16, Number 1 , pp. 49-71.

Personal Liberties, Religiosity and Effort, with Joan Esteban and Laura Mayoral, 2019,  European Economic Review 120.

Private and Common Value Auctions with Ambiguity over Correlation, with Krittanai Laohakunakorn and Ronny Razin, 2019, Journal of Economic Theory 184.

Echo Chambers and Their Effects on Economic and Political Outcomes, with Ronny Razin,  2019, Annual Review of Economics. 

The Intelligent Design of Religious Beliefs, in Advances in the Economics of Religion, International Economic Association Series, Edited by Jean-Paul Carvalho, Sriya Iyer and Jared Rubin, 2019. For a related chapter in that book, see Religion and Segregation, by Ronny Razin.

Liberté, Egalité…Religiosité, with Joan Esteban and Laura Mayoral, 2018,  Journal of Public Economics, pages 241-253.

Information Diffusion in Networks with the Bayesian Peer Influence Heuristic with Ronny Razin,  2018, Games and Economic Behaviour, vol. 109(C), pages 262-270.

The Co-evolution of Segregation, Polarised Beliefs and Discrimination: The Case of Private vs. State Education with Ronny Razin, 2017,  American Economic Journal: Microeconomics.

Does polarization of opinions lead to polarization of platforms? the case of correlation neglect, with Ronny Razin, 2015, Quarterly Journal of Political Science.

Correlation Neglect, Voting Behaviour and Information Aggregation, with Ronny Razin,  2015, American Economic Review.

Preferences over Equality in the presence of Costly Income Sorting, with Ronny Razin, 2015, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics.

Rituals or Good Works: Social Signalling in Religious Organizations, with Ronny Razin, 2014, Journal of European Economic Association Vol 12 (5).

Calvin's Reformation in Geneva: Self and Social Signalling, with Ronny Razin, 2014, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Vol 16 (5). 

Dynamic Legislative Decision Making when Interest Groups Control the Agenda with Ronny Razin, 2013, Journal of Economic Theory, vol. 148(5), 1862-1890. 

Religious Beliefs, Religious Participation and Cooperation, with Ronny Razin, 2012, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 4(3), pp. 121-151. See also pp155-156 in A Graphical Guide to Game Theory, Pastine, I. and Pastine, T. (2017) UK: Icon Books Ltd. 

When do Simple Policies Win? with Ronny Razin, 2012, Economic Theory (Political Economy Special Issue), 49(3).

Diversity and the Power of the Elites in Democratic Societies: Evidence from Indonesia, with Oriana Bandiera, 2011, Journal of Public Economics. vol. 95, pp. 1322-1330.

Bidding For Attention and Competing for Votes in Political Debates, with Ronny Razin, The proceedings of the Workshop on the Political Economy of Democracy, Barcelona 2008.

Diversity and Redistribution, with Raquel Fernandez, Journal of Public Economics, 2008, vol. 92 (5-6). pp. 925-943.

Decision Making in Committees: Transparency, Reputation and Voting Rules, American Economic Review, March 2007, 97 (1), pp. 150-168.

Decision Making Procedures for Committees of Careerist Experts, American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, May 2007, 97(2), pp. 306-310.

On The Limits of Communication in Multidimensional Cheap Talk: A comment, with Ronny Razin, Econometrica, May 2007, 75(3), pp. 885-894.

The Politics of Public Provision of Education, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2005, 120(4), pp. 1507-1534. For formal proofs, see The Politics of Public Provision of Education: Proofs

Careerist Judges and the Appeals Process, Rand Journal of Economics, Summer 2005, 36(2), pp. 275-297. For a companion appendix see Proofs for Careerist Judges. Reprinted in The Economics of Judicial Behaviour, Epstein, L. (ed.), EE series on Economic Approaches to Law, edited by Richard A. Posner and Francesco Parisi, 2013. 

A Model of Political PartiesJournal of Economic Theory, 2004, Vol. 115(2),  pp. 250-277. See also a companion working paper, Endogenous Parties: Cooperative and Non-Cooperative Analysis.

Anti-Herding and Strategic Consultation, European Economic Review, June 2004, 48(3), pp. 503-525

It Takes Two: An Explanation of the Democratic Peace, with Ronny Razin, Journal of European Economic Association, Vol. 2(1), March 2004, pp. 1-29.

Robin Hood's Compromise, with Oriana Bandiera, B.E. Contributions to Economic Analysis and Policy, 2004, 3(1), Article 19.