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Professor of Economics, since 2011.

Associate Professor of Economics, Global Economics and Management Area, 2008-2011.


Associate Professor of Economics, 2002-2008 (tenured in 2006).

Assistant Professor of Economics, 1998-2002.


Research Associate, Political Economy program, International Finance and Macroeconomics program, since 2006.

Faculty Research Fellow, International Finance and Macroeconomics program, 2002-2006.


Faculty Affiliate, International Trade program, since 2005.


PhD in Economics, 1998. MA in Economics, 1996.

Master's Degree (Dipl
ôme d'Etudes Approfondies) in Economics, 1992.

Bachelor's Degree (Diplôme) in Economics and Public Policy, 1990.


The Democratic Transition

(with Fabrice Murtin), Journal of Economic Growth, 19(2), June 2014, pp. 141-181. Lead article.

Long-Term Barriers to Economic Development

(with Enrico Spolaore), in Philippe Aghion and Steven Durlauf (eds.), Handbook of Economic Growth, vol. 2A, Chapter 3, pp. 121-176. Amsterdam: North Holland, 2014.

How Deep Are the Roots of Economic Development?

(with Enrico Spolaore), Journal of Economic Literature, 51(2), June 2013, pp. 325-369. Lead article.

The First Law of Petropolitics

Economica, 79(316), October 2012, pp. 641-657.

Long-Term Barriers to the International Diffusion of Innovations

(with Enrico Spolaore), in Jeffrey Frankel and Christopher Pissarides, eds., NBER International Seminar on Macroeconomics 2011, Chapter 1, pp. 11-46. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, May 2012.

The Political Economy of Linguistic Cleavages

(with Klaus Desmet and Ignacio Ortuño-Ortín), Journal of Development Economics, 97(2), March 2012, pp. 322-338.

A Monte Carlo Study of Growth Regressions
(with William R. Hauk, Jr.), Journal of Economic Growth, 14(2), June 2009, pp. 103-147.

The Diffusion of Development
(with Enrico Spolaore), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 124(2), May 2009, pp. 469-529.

Trade Liberalization and Growth: New Evidence
(with Karen Horn Welch), World Bank Economic Review, 22(2), June 2008, pp. 187-231. Lead article.

Death and Development
(with Peter Lorentzen and John McMillan), Journal of Economic Growth, 13(2), June 2008, pp. 81-124.
Lead article.

Small States, Big Pork
(with William R. Hauk, Jr.), Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 2(1), January 2007, pp. 95-106.

Review of Acemoglu and Robinson's "Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy"

Science, 313(5793), 15 September 2006, pp. 1576-1577.

Trade, Growth and the Size of Countries
(with Alberto Alesina and Enrico Spolaore), in Philippe Aghion and Steven Durlauf (eds.), Handbook of Economic Growth, vol. 1B, Chapter 23. Amsterdam: North Holland, 2005.

Borders and Growth
(with Enrico Spolaore), Journal of Economic Growth, 10(4), December 2005, pp. 331-386.

Do Democratic Transitions Produce Bad Economic Outcomes?

(with Dani Rodrik), American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 95(2), May 2005. pp. 50-55.

Trade Liberalization and Intersectoral Labor Movements
(with Jessica Wallack), Journal of International Economics, 64(2), December 2004, pp. 411-439.

(with Alberto Alesina, Arnaud Devleeschauwer, William Easterly and Sergio Kurlat), Journal of Economic Growth, 8(2), June 2003, pp. 155-194. Lead article.

Stages of Diversification
(with Jean Imbs), American Economic Review, 93(1), March 2003, pp. 63-86.

Review of Easterly's The Elusive Quest for Growth
Journal of Economic Literature, 40(3), September 2002, pp. 907-918.

Measuring the Dynamic Gains From Trade
World Bank Economic Review, 15(3), October 2001, pp. 393-429.

How Democracy Affects Growth
(with José Tavares), European Economic Review, 45(8), August 2001, pp. 1341-1379. Lead article.

Economic Integration and Political Disintegration
(with Alberto Alesina and Enrico Spolaore), American Economic Review, 90(5), December 2000, pp. 1276-1296.
Reprinted in Pomfret, Richard (ed.), The Economics of Regional Trading Arrangements, The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics, vol. 161, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2003, (Chapter 23, pp. 471-491).

The Economics of Civic Trust
(with Alberto Alesina), in Susan J. Pharr and Robert D. Putnam (eds.), Disaffected Democracies: What's Troubling the Trilateral Countries?, Chapter 7. Princeton University Press, June 2000.

Is Europe Going Too Far?
(with Alberto Alesina), Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy
(supplement to the Journal of Monetary Economics), 51(1), December 1999, pp. 1-42. Lead article.

Openness, Country Size and Government
(with Alberto Alesina), Journal of Public Economics, 69(3), September 1998, pp. 305-321. Lead article.


Fundamental Drivers of Economic and Institutional Development

(with Enrico Spolaore), November 2014

Linguistic Cleavages and Economic Development

(with Klaus Desmet and Ignacio Ortuño-Ortín), November 2014

War and Relatedness

(with Enrico Spolaore), October 2014

Fertility and Modernity

(with Enrico Spolaore), August 2014

Culture, Ethnicity and Diversity

(with Klaus Desmet and Ignacio Ortuño-Ortín), April 2014

Economic Integration and Structural Change

(with Jean Imbs and Claudio Montenegro), February 2012



Area Chair, Global Economics and Management (2011-2014)

Chair, Global Economics and Management Faculty Recruitment Committee (2008-2011)

Member, Faculty Executive Committee (2011-2014)

Member, MBA Curriculum Implementation Committee (2011-)

Chair, MBA Curriculum Review and Reform Committee (Summer-Fall 2010).

Member, Staffing Committee (2009-2011)

Member, Teaching Improvement Committee (2008-2010)

Member, Saloner Task Force for the reform of the Stanford MBA curriculum, 2006-2008.

Associate Director, Center for Global Business and the Economy, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2006-2008.

Faculty Fellow, Stanford Center for International Development (SCID), Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, 2002-2008.
Faculty Affiliate, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies, 2002-2008.

Research Affiliate, Forum on Contemporary Europe, Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies, 2006-2010.


Stanford Graduate School of Business, Winter 2015.

International Monetary Fund Research Department, August 2009.

UCLA Anderson School of Management, September 2007 - July 2008.

The World Bank Research Group, Washington, DC, May 2005.

Stockholm University, Institute for International Economic Studies, March 2003.

ICRIER: Indian Council For Research on International Economic Relations, New Delhi, Winter 2000.

At UCLA: Methods in Political Economy (PhD course), Managerial Economics (MBA core course), The Business Environment of India (MBA elective), The Global Economic Crisis (MBA elective).

At Stanford GSB: Political Macroeconomics (PhD course), Strategy in the Business Environment (MBA core course), Business Ethics (MBA core course), International Political Economy (MBA elective).
At Harvard University (as teaching fellow): Econometric Methods (PhD course, 1997), Quantitative Methods (PhD course, 1996 and 1997), Applied Econometrics (undergraduate course, 1995 and 1996).


Member of the Board of Editors, American Economic Review, 2010-2012

Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Growth, 2010-

Associate Editor, World Bank Economic Review, 2009-2011

Referee reports for Academic Journals: Quarterly Journal of Economics (28), American Economic Review (21), Review of Economic Studies (10), Journal of Political Economy (5), Econometrica (4), Journal of Economic Growth (12), Economics Letters (10), Journal of Development Economics (10), Journal of International Economics (9), European Economic Review (7), Review of Economics and Statistics (7), Journal of Public Economics (6), Journal of the European Economic Association (6), World Bank Economic Review (6), Quarterly Journal of Political Science (3), American Political Science Review (2), Journal of Law, Economics and Organization (2), American Economic Journal, Macroeconomics (2), Cambridge University Press (1), Economic Journal (1), Economics of Governance (1), IMF Staff Papers (1), International Organization (1), Journal of Economic Surveys (1), Journal of International Money and Finance (1), Journal of Labor Economics (1), Journal of Law and Economics (1), Journal of Policy Reform (1), Review of International Economics (1), World Politics (1), Journal of Comparative Economics (1), Journal of Economic Literature (1), Journal of Population Economics (1), Stanford University Press (1), Economics and Human Biology (1).


Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Scholarship, 1993-1997.
Stanford MBA Class of 1969 Faculty Scholar, 2000-2001.
Hoover Institution, Edward Teller National Fellow, 2002-2003.
Louise and Claude N. Rosenberg, Jr. Faculty Scholar, 2004-2005.

Stanford Presidential Fund for Innovation in International Studies grant ($177,150), 2006-2009.

Moghadam Family Faculty Fellow, 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

Fondation Banque de France for Economic Research grant (€30,000), 2011.

UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management research grant ($10,000), 2013.

UCLA Senate Faculty Research Grant ($5,000), 2013.

UCLA Anderson Ziman Center Research Grant ($4,000), 2014.

UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management MBA/Faculty collaboration grant ($5,000), 2014.

UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management research grant ($7,000), 2014.

UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management research grant ($7,500), 2015.


Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi (December 2014), University of Houston (September 2014), NBER Summer Institute, Political Economy Meeting (July 2014), Bocconi University (May 2014), London School of Economics (May 2014), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (May 2014), Université Catholique de Louvain (May 2014), Paris School of Economics (May 2014), Northwestern University (April 2014), Stanford University (April 2014), Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi (December 2013), Delhi School of Economics (December 2013), NBER-ICRIER-NCAER Neemrana Conference (December 2013), Delhi Economics Conclave (December 2013), University of Warwick Summer School on Economic Growth (July 2013), Juan March Institute, Madrid, (April 2013), International Monetary Fund (April 2013), International Monetary Fund (February 2013), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (December 2012), Southern Methodist University (October 2012), University of Aix-en-Provence (July 2012), University of Michigan (April 2012), Stanford University (February 2012), International Monetary Fund (August 2011), International Seminar on Macroeconomics, Malta (June 2011), UCLA (May 2011), University of California, Merced (February 2011), World Bank Conference on Structural Transformation (October 2010), UC Berkeley Workshop on Endogenous Institutions and Conflict (July 2010), UC Irvine (May 2010), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (April 2010), Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (April 2010), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (April 2010), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (April 2010), Claremont McKenna College (March 2010), UCLA (February 2010), International Monetary Fund (August 2009), Stanford University (May 2009), University of Southern California (April 2008), Brown University (April 2008), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (April 2008), University of Oregon (February 2008), UC Davis (December 2007), Commission on Growth and Development, Yale University (September 2007), New York University (March 2007), World Bank (March 2007), Penn State University (March 2007), UC Santa Barbara (December 2006), UCLA (December 2006), UC San Diego (November 2006), UCLA (November 2006), International Monetary Fund (October 2006), Princeton University Political Institutions and Economic Policy Conference (May 2006), NBER Political Economy Program meeting (May 2006), University of British Columbia (March 2006), Northwestern University (December 2005), UC San Diego (November 2005), UC Berkeley (November 2005), London Business School (November 2005), INSEAD (November 2005), International Monetary Fund (May 2005), Stanford University (May 2005), UC Santa Barbara (March 2005), MIT (January 2005), Columbia University (January 2005), AEA meetings in Philadelphia (January 2005), Stanford University (October 2004), University of Colorado at Boulder (October 2004), University of Houston (October 2004), Harvard University (March 2004), World Bank (March 2004), UCLA (February 2004), Duke University (January 2004), UC Davis (November 2003), Cornell University (October 2003), Stanford University (October 2003), UC San Diego (April 2003), Stockholm School of Economics (March 2003), Stockholm University (March 2003), Hoover Institution (November 2002), Stanford University (April 2002), UC Berkeley (April 2002), UC Berkeley (March 2002), AEA meetings, Atlanta (January 2002), Dartmouth College (December 2001), New York University (December 2001), International Seminar On Macroeconomics, University College Dublin (June 2001), Columbia University (April 2001), Yale University (April 2001), UCLA (March 2001), Stanford University (February 2001), Université de Paris-Dauphine (December 2000), UC Davis (November 2000), 21st NBER Summer Institute (July 2000), University of Chicago (May 2000), Caltech-Stanford Formal Political Economy Conference (May 2000), ICRIER (March 2000), University of Maryland (November 1999), Stanford University (November 1999), Conference on Democracy, Participation and Economic Development, Columbia University (April 1999), UC Berkeley (February 1999), Carnegie-Rochester Conference on Public Policy (November 1998), Delhi School of Economics (July 1998), World Bank (February 1998), UC Irvine (February 1998), Stockholm University (February 1998), Federal Reserve Board (February 1998), University of Chicago (January 1998), Stanford University (January 1998), New York University (January 1998), Columbia University (January 1998), Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (January 1998), Harvard University (November 1997).

Co-organizer, Conference on the Media and Economic Performance, Stanford Institute for International Studies, March 2004.

Co-organizer, Conference on Demographics, Health and Economic Development, Stanford Institute for International Studies, May 2005.

Organizer, Political Economy Program Meeting, NBER, October 2008.

Co-organizer, Political Economy Program Meeting, NBER, November 2009.

Co-organizer, Conference on Long-Run Economic Persistence, UCLA, May 2012.


Francesco Giovannoni: Dept. of Economics, University of Bristol, UK. (PhD Stanford GSB, 2000)*

Asaf Zussman: Dept. of Economics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (PhD Stanford Econ, 2003)*

Jessica Seddon Wallack: Okapi Research and Advisory, Chennai, India (PhD Stanford GSB, 2004)*

Irena Asmundson: California Department of Finance (PhD Stanford Econ, 2005)*

John Hatfield: McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin (PhD Stanford Econ, 2005)*

William R. Hauk, Jr.: Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina (PhD Stanford GSB, 2005)*

Cameron Shelton: Dept. of Economics, Claremont McKenna College (PhD Stanford GSB, 2005)*

Silvia Console Battilana: Auctionomics (Ph.D. Stanford Econ, 2007)

Peter Lorentzen: Dept. of Political Science, UC Berkeley (PhD Stanford GSB, 2007)

Erik Snowberg: California Institute of Technology (PhD Stanford GSB, 2008)

Anna D’Souza: US Dept. of Agriculture (PhD, UCLA Econ, 2009)*

Christopher Paik: Department of Politics, New York University, (PhD Stanford GSB, 2010)*

Daniel Dias: Dept. of Economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (PhD, UCLA Anderson, 2010)*

Christine Richmond: Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (PhD, UCLA Anderson, 2010)

Brian Richter: McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin (PhD, UCLA Anderson, 2010)*

Bernardo Morais: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (PhD, UCLA Anderson, 2011)*

Katrina Kosec: International Food Policy Research Institute (PhD Stanford GSB 2011)

Juan Wlasiuk: Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Business School, (Phd, UCLA Anderson, 2013)

Alfredo Mier-y-Teran: Ministry of Finance of Mexico (PhD, UCLA Anderson 2014)*

Alvaro Garcia: UCLA Anderson School of Management (4th year PhD student)

Yang Yang: UCLA Anderson School of Management (3rd year PhD student)

Andrea Di Miceli: UCLA Anderson School of Management (3rd year PhD student)*

Youngjin Song: UCLA Anderson School of Management (4th year PhD student)

Shekhar Mittal: UCLA Anderson School of Management (2nd year PhD student)*

(*: as main thesis advisor or co-main advisor)


Short Term 


THE WORLD BANK, Washington, DC 

Development Economics Vice Presidency. Wrote a research paper on the links between trade policy and economic growth, in preparation for the Global Economic Prospects report of 1997. June 1996-January 1997. 




Conducted a study and wrote a report on the economic evaluation of public spending and public management control. Summer 1990. 



Citizen of the United States, married to Magali Delmas, two children.


French (native), English (native), Spanish (fluent). 


Extensive travel in Western Europe and the Indian Subcontinent. Lived in France for 15 years and in India for 7 years.