Romain Wacziarg

Professor of Economics and GEM area chair

Phone: (310) 825-4507

Fax: (310) 825-4011

Office: C510 Entrepreneurs Hall


Romain Wacziarg joined the Anderson School faculty in 2008. His research on the links between globalization and economic performance has been published in leading academic journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, the Journal of International Economics, the Journal of Development Economics and the Journal of Economic Growth. He teaches the MBA core course Managerial Economics, a FEMBA elective on Macroeconomic Fundamentals and an MBA elective on the Global Financial Crisis.

In addition to his research and teaching, Romain Wacziarg was the Edward Teller National Fellow at the Hoover Institution in 2002-2003. Outside UCLA, he is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the world's preeminent think tank for research in applied economics. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), based in London, UK. From 1998 to 2008, he was on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he taught strategy and business ethics courses for MBAs, and a course on Political Macroeconomics for PhD students. In addition to his academic experience, he worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the French Ministry of Finance.

Born in Switzerland, raised in India and France, Romain Wacziarg moved to the United States in 1992 and became a US citizen. He is married to Magali Delmas, a Professor at UCLA's Institute of the Environment. They have two children.


Ph.D. Economics, 1998, Harvard University
M.A. Economics, 1996, Harvard University
M.A. Economics, 1992, Universite Paris-Dauphine
B.A. Economics and Public Policy, 1990, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris


Growth, Political Economy, International Trade, Globalization, Economic Development, Ethics, Strategy, International Finance, Macroeconomics


Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Scholarship, 1993-1997. MBA Class of 1969 Faculty Scholar (Stanford GSB), 2000-2001. Hoover Institution, Edward Teller National Fellow, 2002-2003. Louise and Claude N. Rosenberg, Jr. Faculty Scholar (Stanford GSB), 2004-2005. Stanford Presidential Fund for Innovation in International Studies grant ($177,150), 2006-2009. Moghadam Family Faculty Fellow (Stanford GSB), 2006-2007. UCLA Center for International Business and the Economy research grant ($10,000), 2008-2009. UCLA Center for International Business and the Economy course development grant ($5,000), 2009
  • Enrico Spolaore and Romain Wacziarg. (2013). How Deep Are the Roots of Economic Development?. Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 51, no 2. [ Link ]
  • Romain Wacziarg. (2012). The First Law of Petropolitics. Economica, col. 79, no. 316. [ Link ]
  • Enrico Spolaore and Romain Wacziarg. (2012). Long Term Barriers to the International Diffusion of Innovations. in Jeffrey Frankel and Christopher Pissarides, eds., NBER International Seminar on Macroeconomics 2011, Chapter 1, pp. 11-46. [ Link ]
  • Klaus Desmet, Ignacio Ortuno-Ortin and Romain Wacziarg. (2012). The Political Economy of Linguistic Cleavages. Journal of Development Economics, vol. 97, no. 2, pp. 322-338. [ Link ]
  • Enrico Spolaore and Romain Wacziarg. (2009). The Diffusion of Development. Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 124, no. 2, pp. 469-529. [ Link ]
  • William R. Hauk, Jr and Romain Wacziarg. (2009). A Monte Carlo Study of Growth Regressions. Journal of Economic Growth, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 103-147. [ Link ]
  • Romain Wacziarg and Karen Horn Welch. (2008). Trade Liberalization and Growth: New Evidence. World Bank Economic Review, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 187-231. [ Link ]
  • Peter Lorentzen, John McMillan, Romain Wacziarg. (2008). Death and Development. Journal of Economic Growth, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 81-124. [ Link ]
  • William R. Hauk, Jr. and Romain Wacziarg. (2007). Small States, Big Pork. Quarterly Journal of Political Science, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 95-106. [ Link ]
  • Alberto Alesina, Enrico Spolaore and Romain Wacziarg. (2005). Trade, Growth and the Size of Countries. In Philippe Aghion and Steven Durlauf (eds.), Handbook of Economic Growth, vol. 1, part 2, Chapter 23, pp. 1499-1542. Amsterdam: North Holland. [ Link ]
  • Enrico Spolaore and Romain Wacziarg. (2005). Borders and Growth. Journal of Economic Growth, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 331-386. [ Link ]
  • Dani Rodrik and Romain Wacziarg. (2005). Do Democratic Transitions Produce Bad Economic Outcomes?. American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, vol. 95, no. 2, pp. 50-55. [ Link ]
  • Romain Wacziarg and Jessica Wallack. (2004). Trade Liberalization and Intersectoral Labor Movements. Journal of International Economics, vol. 64, no. 2, pp. 411-439. [ Link ]
  • Alberto Alesina, Arnaud Devleeschauwer, William Easterly, Sergio Kurlat and Romain Wacziarg. (2003). Fractionalization. Journal of Economic Growth, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 155-194. [ Link ]
  • Jean Imbs and Romain Wacziarg. (2003). Stages of Diversification. American Economic Review, vol. 93, no. 1, pp. 63-86. [ Link ]
  • Romain Wacziarg. (2002). Review of Easterly's "The Elusive Quest for Growth". Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 907-918. [ Link ]
  • Romain Wacziarg. (2001). Measuring the Dynamic Gains From Trade. World Bank Economic Review, vol. 15. no. 3, pp. 393-429. [ Link ]

Working Papers

Fabrice Murtin and Romain Wacziarg. (July 2012). "The Democratic Transition."

Enrico Spolaore and Romain Wacziarg. (June 2012). "War and Relatedness."

Jean Imbs, Claudio Montenegro and Romain Wacziarg. (February 2012). "Economic Integration and Structural Change."

Romain Wacziarg's Publications

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