Juan S. Morales

Associate Professor
Department of Economics
Lazaridis School of Business and Economics
Wilfrid Laurier University

Research Interests:
Political Economy, Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Media, Violence and Conflict

Fall 2023, Economics Paper and Seminar (EC481)
Fall 2023, Applied Econometrics (EC395)

E-mail: jmorales@wlu.ca

CV: [pdf]


Working Papers

○   Can Social Pressure Stifle Free Speech? (with Margaret Samahita) [pdf] [Twitter]

○   Violence Against Journalists and Freedom of the Press: Evidence from Mexico (with José A. Jurado) [pdf]

○   Legal Reforms, Conditional Cash Transfer Programs, and Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence from Mexico (with Gustavo J. Bobonis and Roberto Castro) [pdf]



○   Sharing News Left and Right: Frictions and Misinformation on Twitter (with Daniel Ershov) [pdf] [Twitter]
Forthcoming, The Economic Journal [link]

○   Jam-barrel Politics (with Leonardo Bonilla-Mejía) [pdf] [Twitter] [VoxDev] [Políticas Públicas]
Review of Economics and Statistics, 2024, 106(1): 167–183 [link]

○   Legislating During War: Conflict and Politics in Colombia [pdf]
Journal of Public Economics, 2021, 193: 104325 [link]

○   The Impact of Internal Displacement on Destination Communities: Evidence from the Colombian Conflict [pdf]
Journal of Development Economics, 2018, 131: 132-150 [link]


○   Can s Change Minds? Social Media Endorsements and Policy Preferences (with Pierluigi Conzo ⓡ Laura K. Taylor ⓡ Margaret Samahita ⓡ Andrea Gallice) [pdf] [BibTex citation] [Twitter] [The Conversation] [NPR]
Social Media + Society, 2023, 9(2) [link, open access]

○   Violence Against Politicians, Negative Campaigning, and Public Opinion: Evidence from Poland (with Krzysztof Krakowski and Dani Sandu) [pdf]
Comparative Political Studies, 2022, 55(12): 2086-2118 [link]

○   Perceived Popularity and Online Political Dissent: Evidence from Twitter in Venezuela [pdf] [Twitter]
International Journal of Press/Politics, 2020, 25(1): 5-27 [link, open access]

Work in Progress

○   Moral Characters: Social Media and U.S. Congressional Elections (with Edoardo Grillo and Alessandra Moresi)

○   Political Interaction and Influence through Social Media (with Pierluigi Conzo, Andrea Gallice and Margaret Samahita)

○   Understanding the Determinants of Civil Protests: Evidence from Twelve Million Mobile Surveys (with Rishav R. Agarwal, Joel Blit, Horatiu Rus, and Anindya Sen)

○   State Control of Online Political Dissent: Evidence from Turkey (with Arvind Magesan and Arieda Muço)


E-mail: jmorales@wlu.ca
Social Media: [Bluesky] [Twitter]

Office: LH3092
Phone: +1 548-889-4623


Department of Economics

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics

Wilfrid Laurier University

75 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5