Juan S. Morales

Assistant 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 2022, Economics Paper and Seminar (EC481)
Fall 2022, Applied Econometrics (EC395)

E-mail: jmorales@wlu.ca

CV: [pdf]


Working Papers

○ Sharing News Left and Right: The Effects of Policies Targeting Misinformation on Social Media (with Daniel Ershov) [pdf] [Twitter]
Revise and resubmit, The Economic Journal

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

○ Can ♥s Change Minds? Social Media Endorsements and Policy Preferences (with Pierluigi Conzo Laura K. Taylor Margaret Samahita Andrea Gallice) [pdf] [Twitter]

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


○ Jam-barrel Politics (with Leonardo Bonilla-Mejía) [pdf] [VoxDev article] [Twitter]
Review of Economics and Statistics, Forthcoming [link]

○ 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]

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

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

Work in Progress

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

○ 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)

Does Online Backlash Stifle Free Speech? (with Margaret Samahita)


E-mail: jmorales@wlu.ca

Twitter: @juansemorales

Office: LH3092
Phone: +1 519-884-1970 x2694


Department of Economics

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics

Wilfrid Laurier University

75 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5