Nico Voigtlander

Assistant Professor

Phone: (310) 794-6382

Office: C-521


Nico Voigtländer, Assistant Professor of Economics, joined the Global Economics and Management Group at UCLA Anderson in 2008. His main areas of research are long-run economic growth and the skill bias of technical change. Recent projects focus on the transition from stagnation to growth, and why this structural break occurred first in Europe. Another line of his research investigates multiplier effects that arise from linkages across economic sectors.

Prior to joining the Anderson School Professor Voigtländer obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. For the last year of his Ph.D. he was invited to University California, Berkeley as a visiting researcher. He also holds Master of Science degrees in Environmental Engineering and in Technology and Policy from MIT, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Technology in Berlin, Germany.

Professor Voigtländer has taught Microeconomics, Economic Growth, and Development Economics at the graduate and undergraduate level. In addition to his academic experience, Professor Voigtländer worked as an associate for McKinsey & Co. and as a consultant for the German Stock Exchange.


Ph.D. Economics, 2008, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)
M.A. Economics, Advanced Studies in Economics 2004, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)
M.A. Economics, Advanced Studies in Economics 2004, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)
M.Sc. Environmental Engineering, 2002, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.Sc. Technology and Policy, 2002, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.Sc. Environmental Engineering, 2000, University of Technology Berlin


Macroeconomics, Economic Growth, Economic Development, Innovation, Political Economy, Skill Bias of Technological Change
  • Nico Voigtlaender with S. Satyanath and J. Voth. Bowling for Fascism: Social Capital and the Rise of the Nazi Party. Journal of Political Economy, (forthcoming). [ Link ]
  • Nico Voigtlaender with M. Squicciarini. (2015). Human Capital and Industrialization: Evidence from the Age of Enlightenment. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 130(4): 1825-1883. [ Link ]
  • Nico Voigtlander with J. Voth. (2015). Nazi Indoctrination and Anti-Semitic Beliefs in Germany. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(26): 7931-7936. [ Link ]
  • Nico Voigtlaender. (2014). Skill Bias Magnified: Intersectoral Linkages and White-Collar Labor Demand in U.S. Manufacturing. Review of Economics and Statistics, 96(3): 495-513.
  • Nico Voigtlander with J. Voth. (2013). How the West 'Invented' Fertility Restriction. American Economic Review, 103(6): 2227-64. [ Link ]
  • Nico Voigtlander with J. Voth. (2013). The Three Horsemen of Riches: Plague, War and Urbanization in Early Modern Europe. Review of Economic Studies, 80(2): 774-811. [ Link ]
  • Nico Voigtlander with J. Voth. (2012). Persecution Perpetuated: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Semitic Violence in Nazi Germany. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 127(3): 1339-1392. [ Link ]
  • Nico Voigtlander with J. Voth. (2009). Malthusian Dynamism and the Rise of Europe: Make War, not Love. American Economic Review, Papers & Proceedings, 99(2): 248-54. [ Link ]
  • Nico Voigtlander with J. Voth. (2006). Why England? Demographic Factors, Structural Change and Physical Capital Accumulation during the Industrial Revolution. Journal of Economic Growth, 11(4): 319-361. [ Link ]
  • Nico Voigtlaender with A. Garcia-Marin. Exporting and Plant-Level Efficiency Gains: It's in the Measure.
  • Nico Voigtlaender with V. Carvalho. Input Diffusion and the Evolution of Production Networks. [ Download ]
  • Nico Voigtlander with D. Saravia. Imported Inputs, Quality Complementarity, and Skill Demand. [ Link ] [ Download ]
  • Nico Voigtlaender with J. Voth. Highway to Hitler. [ Download ]