Christian Dippel

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“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.”

Assistant Professor of Economics

Areas of Expertise

  • American Economic History
  • Caribbean Economic Development
  • Global Economics
  • International Capital Markets
  • International Debt Crises
  • International Trade
  • Monetary Policy
  • Native American Economic Development
  • Political Economy
  • Systemic and Political Risk




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



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



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.


Working Papers

Christian Dippel, Avner Greif, Daniel Trefler. Feb 2015. Under Review. The Rents from Trade and Coercive Institutions: Removing the Sugar Coating. Coverage: [ A Fine Theorem]

Christian Dippel, Robert Gold, Stephan Heblich. Dec 2015. Under Review. Globalization and its (Dis-)Content: Trade Shocks and Voting Behavior.
Coverage: [ Washington Post ] [ Welt am Sonntag] [ Brian Lehrer Show ]


Work in Progress

Christian Dippel, Jean-Paul Carvalho. Elite Competition and the Iron Law of Oligarchy: A Tale of 14 Islands.

Christian Dippel, Trevor O’Grady, Connan Snider, Alex Whalley. The American Frontier 1820 – 1940: Theory and Evidence from 5 Million Settler Choices
[ Slides ] (NBER July 2014)

Christian Dippel, Stephan Heblich. The Influence of Grassroots Political Leaders: U.S. Evidence from Refugees of Germany’s Failed 1848 Revolutions.

Christian Dippel, Florian Hoffman. The Internal Economics of the British Empire: A View from the Theory of the Firm.