Paola Giuliano

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Professor of Economics

Areas of Expertise

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Culture and Economics
  • Political Economy




Paola Giuliano is a Professor of  Economics in the Global Economics and Management Group at UCLA Anderson School of Management. She serves as a co-editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association. She is also research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge), research affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London) and research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn).

Giuliano's main areas of research are culture and economics and political economy. She holds a B.A. from Bocconi University (Milan) and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. She received the Young Economic Award from the European Economic Association in 2004. She teaches the Global Macroeconomics and Managerial Economics MBA courses at UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Her research has been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Foreign Affairs, Businessweek, Time, The Economist, The Guardian, Financial Times, the Boston Globe, CNBC, KPCC and PBS.



Ph.D. Economics, 2003, UC Berkeley

B.A. Economics, summa cum laude, 1997, Bocconi University (Milan)



"Ancestral Characteristics of Modern Populations" (with Nathan Nunn). Economic History of Developing Regions, 2018, 33 (1):1-17 [paper]

"Traditional agricultural practices and the sex ratio today" (with Alberto Alesina and Nathan Nunn), PLOS ONE, January 2018 [paper]

"Gender: A Historical Perspective", in Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Women, ed. Susan L. Averett, Laura M. Argys, and Saul D. Hoffman, New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming [paper]

"The Right Amount of Trust" (with Jeff Butler and Luigi Guiso), forthcoming, Journal of the European Economic Association [paper]

"Trust and Cheating" (with Jeff Butler and Luigi Guiso), forthcoming, Economic Journal [paper]

"Review of Cultural Evolution: Society, TechnologyLanguage, and Religion edited by Peter J. Richerson and Morten H. Christiansen", Journal of Economic Literature, June 2016, 54 (2) 522-533. [paper]

"Origin and Evolution of Cognitive Frames: Comments on 'Behavioral Economics and Social Exclusion: Can Interventions Overcome Prejudice? by Karla Hoff", May 2016, in Kaushik Basu and Joseph Stiglitz editors: Inequality and Growth: Patterns and Policy, Volume 1: Concepts and Analysis, Palgrave MacMillan

"Culture and Institutions" (with Alberto Alesina), Journal of Economic Literature, December 2015, 53 (4) 898-944, Russian Translation in Voprosy ekonomiki [paper]

"Trust, Values and False Consensus" (with Jeff Butler and Luigi Guiso), International Economic Review, August 2015, 56 (3), 889-915 [paper]

"Family Ties and the Regulation of Labor" (with Alberto Alesina, Yann Algan and Pierre Cahuc), Journal of the European Economic Association, August 2015, 13 (4), 599-630, Editor's Choice [paper]

"Comment to Support for Redistribution in an Age of Rising Inequality", by Ashok, Kuziemko and Washington, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Spring 2015

"The Role of Women in Society: from Pre-Industrial to Modern Times", CESifo Economic Studies, March 2015, 61 (1), 33-52 [paper]

"Female Labor Force Participation: Persistence and Evolution", 2014, New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume, Palgrave Macmillan [paper]

"Choice and Self: How Identity Shapes Choices and Decision Making" (with D. Bartel, G. Newman, S. Puntoni, L. Rips and O. Urminsky), Marketing Letters, September 2014, 25 (3), 281-291 [paper]

"Growing Up in a Recession" (with Antonio Spilimbergo), Review of Economic Studies, April 2014, 81 (2), 787-817 [paper]

"Family Ties" (with Alberto Alesina) in Philippe Aghion and Steven Durlauf (eds.), Handbook of Economic Growth, Vol. 2A, The Netherlands: North Holland, pp. 177-215, 2014 [paper]

"Genetic Distance, Transportation Costs, and Trade" (with Antonio Spilimbergo and Giovanni Tonon), Journal of Economic Geography, January 2014, 14(1), 179-198 [paper]

"Democracy and Reforms" (with Prachi Mishra and Antonio Spilimbergo), American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, October 2013, 5(4): 179-204 [paper]

"Like Mother Like Son? Experimental Evidence on the Transmission of Values From Parents to Children" (with Marco Cipriani and Olivier Jeanne), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 90 (2013), 100-111 [paper]

"The Transmission of Democracy: From the Village to the Nation-State" (with Nathan Nunn), American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, May 2013 [paper]

"On the Origins of Gender Roles: Women and the Plough" (with Alberto Alesina and Nathan Nunn), The Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2013, vol. 128 (2), 469-530, Lead Article and Editor's Choice, Winner of the IPUMS 2013 Research Award [paper]

"Where Has All the Money Gone? Foreign Aid and the Composition of Government Spending" (with Santanu Chatterjee and Ilker Kaya), The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics (Contributions), January 2012, Volume 12, Issue 1, Article 26 [paper]

"Lo Sviluppo Italiano e l'Andamento della Finanza Pubblica" (With Carlo Devillanova and Massimiliano Marcellino), in Economia Pubblica e Istituzioni, Scritti Di e Per Roberto Artoni, Il Mulino, 2012

"Family Ties and Political Participation" (with Alberto Alesina), Journal of the European Economic Association, October 2011, 9 (5), 817-839, Lead Article [paper]

"Fertility and the Plough" (with Alberto Alesina and Nathan Nunn), American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May 2011, vol. 101 (3): 499-503 [paper]

"Preferences for Redistribution" (with Alberto Alesina), in Jess Benhabib, Matthew O. Jackson and Alberto Bisin editors: Handbook of Social Economics, Vol. 1A, The Netherlands: North Holland, pp. 93-131, 2010 [paper]

"The Power of the Family" (with Alberto Alesina), Journal of Economic Growth, June 2010, Vol. 15 (2), 93-125, Lead Article [paper]

"Ties That Matter: Cultural Norms and Family Formation in Western Europe", Labor in the Era of Globalization, C. Brown, B. Eichengreen and M. Reich, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2010

"Remittances, Financial Development and Growth" (with Marta Ruiz-Arranz), Journal of Development Economics, 2009, 90 (1), 144-152 [paper]

"The Political Economy of Agricultural Market Reforms in Developing Countries" (with Diego Scalise), The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 1 (Contributions), Article 33 [paper]

"Culture and the Family: An Application to Educational Choices in Italy", Rivista di Politica Economica (Invited Paper), August 2008, Issue 4, 3-38 [paper]

"Living Arrangements in Western Europe: Does Cultural Origin Matter?", Journal of the European Economic Association-September 2007, 5(5): 927-952-Winner of the European Economic Association Young Economist Award, 2004 [paper]

"Wage Moderation and Rising Unemployment. A Report on Union Motivation" (with Knuth Gerlach and Lloyd Ulman) in Bellmann, Hübler, Meyer, Stephan (eds.) Institutionen, Löhne and Beschäftigung, Beiträge zir Arbeitsmarkt-und Berufsforschung, BeitrAB 294, Nürberg 2005

"Capital Income Taxes and Growth in a Stochastic Economy: A Numerical Analysis of the Role of Risk Aversion and Intertemporal Substitution" (with S. Chatterjee and S. Turnovsky), Journal of Public Economic Theory, Vol. 6, no. 2: pp. 277-310, May 2004

"Intertemporal Substitution, Risk aversion and Economic Performance in a Stochastically Growing Open Economy" (with S. Turnovsky), Journal of International Money and Finance, Vol. 22, no. 4: pp. 529-556, August 2003

"Componenti Allocative e Distributive della Spesa Sociale: Un Confronto Internazionale" (with R. Artoni e P. Saraceno) in Globalizzazione e Stato SocialeIl Mulino, 1999


Working Papers

"Long Term Orientation and Educational Performance" (with David Figlio, Umut Ozek and Paola Sapienza) [paper]

"Understanding Cultural Persistence and Change" (with Nathan Nunn) [paper]


Work in Progress

"Political Preferences and the Affordable Care Act" (with Wes Yin)

"Born in the Family: Preferences for Boys and the Gender Gap in Math" (with Gaia Dossi, David Figlio and Paola Sapienza)

"Diversity in Schools" (with David Figlio, Riccardo Marchingiglio and Paola Sapienza)

"Business Dynasties" (with Paola Sapienza and Luigi Zingales)

"Can Natural Disasters Have Long Lasting Political Consequences? Evidence from a Massive Earthquake in Early Modern History" (with Leonardo Baccini and Shanker Satyanath)


Main Lectures

Eight Italian Congress of Econometrics and Empirical Economics, Lecce, Keynote Speaker, January 2019

AFD-World Bank Migration and Development Conference, Stanford University, Keynote Speaker, July 2018

"Development Day: Gender and Development”, Stockholm School of Economics, Keynote Speaker, June 2018

Public Lecture on “Culture and Economics”, Santa Clara University, May 2018

Public Lecture on “Gender: A Historical Perspective”, Trinity College, April 2018

8th Laboratory for Comparative Social Research International Workshop “Quantitative Research of Social Changes around the World”, Moscow, Keynote Speaker, April 2018

Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture Conference, Bologna University, Keynote Speaker, September 2017 

XXXI National Conference of Labour Economics, University of Trento, Keynote Speaker, September 2016

“Economic Growth and Development”, NTU Singapore, Keynote Speaker, August 2016

“The Deep Causes of Economic Development”, Utrecht University, Keynote Speaker, December 2014

XII “Brucchi Luchino” Labour Economics Workshop, Bank of Italy, Keynote Speaker, December 2013

CESIFO, Venice Summer Institute on “The Determinants of Gender Gaps: Institutional Design and Historical Factors”, Keynote Speaker, July 2013