Christian Dippel

Assistant Professor of Economics
“All markets are governed by rules and regulations, while they are at the same time getting ever more globalized. Making smart business decisions requires an understanding of how regulation is determined by politics, and of how globalization is changing the relationship between business and politics.”
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Areas of Expertise:
  • Economic History
  • Global Economics
  • International Trade and Capital Markets
  • Political Economy, Political Risk
  • Tribal Economic Development (Indigenous Peoples)




Christian Dippel is an assistant professor of economics. With a background in investment banking before graduate school, Dippel began his teaching career with classes in international economics and trade at the University of Toronto, where he earned his Ph.D. in economics. He accepted his first academic position with the Global Economics and Management group at UCLA Anderson in 2011 based on “the unique profile it has among leading business schools’ economics groups.” He currently teaches the core managerial economics course as well as global macroeconomics and topics in political economy.

“Teaching MBAs, especially in global macroeconomics, where we put a lot of focus on international financial markets, has also allowed me to retain a connection to the world of investment banking and asset management that would otherwise have been hard to maintain,” he says.

Dippel’s research interests fall in the intersection of political economy and international trade, often with application to economic history. His main research interests are “drawn to political economy questions, studying the nexus of globalization and business through the lens of government actions, and the changing socio-political organization of societies.” His work has garnered a number of graduate awards, including an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the Marie Jane Hendrie Memorial Scholarship, the Canadian Economics Association’s Albert Berry Prize, the Tom Easterbrook Fellowship and the Economic History Association’s Gerschenkron Prize.

He has been tapped to share his expertise on Native American and Caribbean economic development as well as on the link between disaffected working classes and their shift to populist politics. A native of Germany, Dippel was quick to adapt to the Los Angeles lifestyle, surfing and skiing on a regular basis. He has his eye on one day serving on the board of Vail Resorts.



Ph.D. Economics, 2011, University of Toronto

M.A. Economics, 2006, University of Toronto

Diplom Economics, 2005, University of Mannheim

Vordiplom Economics, 2002, Ludwig Maximilian University

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2012 Gerschenkron Prize for Best Dissertation, Economic History Association

2011 Tom Easterbrook Fellowship, University of Toronto

2011 Hartle Dissertation Award, Rotman Institute for International Business, University of Toronto

2010 Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ontario Government

2010 Associates Award, University of Toronto

2010 Albert Berry Prize, Best Junior Paper, Canadian Development Economics Study Group

2009 Mary Jane Hendrie Memorial Scholarship, University of Toronto

2006-10 Doctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto

2005-06 MA Doctoral Stream Fellowship, University of Toronto

2004-05 Landesstiftung Baden-Wuerttemberg

2004-05 McKinsey and Company Book Stipend

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Working Papers

"Outside Options, Coercion, and Wages: Removing the Sugar Coating" (with Avner Greif and Dan Trefler) [Upd. Sept 2018] ( Revision Submitted ) [ NBER wp 20958] Coverage: [ A Fine Theorem]

"Instrumental Variables and Causal Mechanisms: Unpacking the Effect of Trade on Workers and Voters" (with Robert Gold, Stephan Heblich, and Rodrigo Pinto) [ Upd. August 2018] ( Under Review ) [ NBER wp 23209] Coverage: [ Washington Post] [ Welt am Sonntag] [ Brian Lehrer Show]

"Elite Identity, Political Accountability and Institutions: A Tale of 10 Islands" (with Jean-Paul Carvalho) [ Upd. August 2018] ( Under Review ) [ NBER wp 22777]

"Leadership and Social Norms: Evidence from the Forty-Eighters in the Civil War" (with Stephan Heblich) [ Upd. May 2018 ] ( Being Revised )



Foreign Aid and Voting in International Organizations: Evidence from the IWC. Journal of Public Economics Vol 132, December 2015, p.1-12.Coverage: [ Foreign Policy Magazine] [ Slate]

Forced Coexistence and Economic Development: Evidence from Native American Reservations. Econometrica vol. 82 No. 6, November 2014, p.2131-2165. [ Appendix ] [ Data ] Coverage: [ A Fine Theorem]

Groseclose and Snyder in Finite Legislatures. Journal of Theoretical Politics vol. 24 issue 2 April 2012. p. 265-273.


Book Chapters

"Rule-of-Law and Human Capital Institutions" in `Nurturing Institutions for a Resilient Caribbean', Interamerican Development Bank, 2018 [ Snapshot ]

"Colonial History and Institutions in the Caribbean" in `Nurturing Institutions for a Resilient Caribbean', Interamerican Development Bank, 2018 [ Snapshot ]



"Public Sector Pensions as Pork: Evidence from U.S. Cities" [ Draft June 2018 ]

"Do Private Prisons Affect Court Sentencing?" (with Mikhail Poyker) [ Draft September 2018 ]

"The Effect of Land Allotment on Native American Households During the Assimilation Era" (with Dustin Frye) [ Draft September 2018 ]


Older Working Papers

"Globalization and its (Dis-)Content: Trade Shocks and Voting Behavior" (with Robert Gold and Stephan Heblich) [ NBER w.p. 21812 ]

"The Rents from Trade and Coercive Institutions: Removing the Sugar Coating" (with Avner Greif and Dan Trefler) [ NBER w.p. 20958 ]