ROMAIN WACZIARG

 

RESEARCH


I. WORKING PAPERS

Barriers to Global Capital Allocation

(with Bruno Pellegrino and Enrico Spolaore) - April 2021

- Coverage in the Anderson Review (04-07-2021)

- Paper (.pdf) / NBER Working Paper #28694

 

Who Voted for Trump? Populism and Social Capital

(with Paola Giuliano) - July 2020

- Coverage in the Boston Globe (08-20-2020), Diario Financiero (08-25-2020), the Anderson Review (09-02-2020) and the Washington Examiner (12-03-2020).

- Paper (.pdf) / Appendix / NBER Working Paper #27651 / CEPR Working Paper #15140

 

The Geography of Diversification

(with Jean Imbs and Ting Ji) - January 2019

- Paper (.pdf)

 

II. BOOK

Trade Liberalization

Romain Wacziarg, editor. A two-volume collection of papers, with an introduction by the editor, in The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics, Edward Elgar, October 2018.

- Book website / Introduction by request

 

III. PUBLISHED ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS

Fertility and Modernity

(with Enrico Spolaore) - May 2021, forthcoming, The Economic Journal.

- Shorter version in Vox (02-10-2017) and coverage in the Anderson Review (09-12-2018), the Washington Free Beacon (06-19-2019), WSJ Real Time Economics (06-20-2019), The Economist (07-25-2019), Economic Principals (08-04-2019), and LiveMint.com (08-08-2019).

- Paper (.pdf) / Appendix / NBER Working Paper #25957 / Data archive

 

Understanding Spatial Variation in COVID-19 across the United States

(with Klaus Desmet) - February 2021, forthcoming, Journal of Urban Economics.

- Coverage in the National Post (06-22-2020), SMU press release (07-02-2020), LSE US Centre Blog (03-30-2021).

- Paper (.pdf) / Appendix / NBER Working Paper #27329 / CEPR Working Paper #14842 / Data archive

 

The Cultural Divide

(with Klaus Desmet) - The Economic Journal, vol. 131, no. 637, July 2021, pp. 2058-2088.

- Shorter version on the ProMarket blog (07-12-2018) and coverage in The Economist (07-17-2018) and the Anderson Review (07-18-2018).

- Paper (.pdf) / Appendix / NBER Working Paper #24630 / CEPR Working Paper #12947 / Data archive

 

Change and Persistence in the Age of Modernization: Saint-Germain-d'Anxure 1730-1895

(with Guillaume Blanc) - Explorations in Economic History, vol. 78, October 2020, 101352.

- Coverage in the Anderson Review (09-12-2018).

- Paper (.pdf) / Appendix / NBER Working Paper #25490 / Data Archive

 

The Political Economy of Heterogeneity and Conflict

(with Enrico Spolaore) - in Tibor Besedeš and Volker Nitsch, eds., Disrupted Economic Relationships: Disasters, Sanctions, Dissolutions, Chapter 1, pp. 7-43, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2019.

- Paper (.pdf) / NBER Working Paper #23278

 

Ancestry and Development: New Evidence

(with Enrico Spolaore) - Journal of Applied Econometrics, vol. 33, no. 5, August 2018, pp. 748-762.

- Coverage at the Fundación Ramón Areces (04-04-2019) and ABC.es (05-13-2019).

- Paper (.pdf) / Appendix / New genetic distance data / Data archive

 

Culture, Ethnicity, and Diversity

(with Klaus Desmet and Ignacio Ortuño-Ortín) - American Economic Review, vol. 107, no. 9, September 2017, pp. 2479-2513. (lead article)

- Shorter version in Vox (07-31-2016)

- Paper (.pdf) / Appendix / NBER Working Paper #20989 / CEPR Working Paper #10451

 

War and Relatedness
(with Enrico Spolaore) - The Review of Economics and Statistics, vol. 98, no. 5, December 2016, pp. 925–939.

- Shorter version in Vox (07-07-2009) and coverage in Newsweek Russia (07-13-2009, in Russian), Vanity Fair Italy (08-26-2009, in Italian) and Les Echos (12-05-2015, in French).

- Paper (.pdf) / NBER Working Paper #15095 / Appendix / Data archive

 

Ancestry, Language and Culture

(with Enrico Spolaore) - in Victor Ginsburgh and Shlomo Weber (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Economics and Language, Chapter 6, pp. 174-211, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

- Shorter version in Vox (06-27-2015)

- Paper (.pdf) / NBER Working Paper #21242 / CEPR Working Paper #10644 / Appendix / Cultural distance data

 

Linguistic Cleavages and Economic Development

(with Klaus Desmet and Ignacio Ortuño-Ortín) - in Victor Ginsburgh and Shlomo Weber (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Economics and Language, Chapter 15, pp. 425-446, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

- Paper (.pdf)

 

The Diffusion of Institutions

(with Enrico Spolaore) - in Wilson, D. S. and A. Kirman, eds. Complexity and Evolution: Toward a New Synthesis for Economics. Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 19, chapter 9, pp. 147-166. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2016.

- Shorter version in Vox (02-10-2017)

- Paper (.pdf)

 

Evolution of Institutions and Organizations

(with Thomas Currie, Peter Turchin, Jenna Bednar, Peter J. Richerson, Georg Schwesinger, Sven Steinmo and John Wallis) - in Wilson, D. S. and A. Kirman, eds. Complexity and Evolution: Toward a New Synthesis for Economics. Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 19, chapter 12, pp. 201-236. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2016.

- Paper (.pdf)

 

The Democratic Transition

(with Fabrice Murtin) - Journal of Economic Growth, vol. 19, no. 2, June 2014, pp. 141-181. (lead article)

- Shorter version in Vox (10-05-2011) and coverage in Hurriyet Daily News, Livemint, Freakonomics Blog, The Globe and Mail, NCPA, Les Echos.

- Paper (.pdf) / NBER Working Paper #17432 / CEPR Working Paper #8599 / Data Appendix

 

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.

- Shorter version in Vox, and coverage in Marginal Revolution, Mother Jones and Salon.com.

- Paper (.pdf) / NBER Working Paper #19361 / CEPR Working Paper #9638

 

How Deep Are the Roots of Economic Development?

(with Enrico Spolaore) - Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 51, no. 2, June 2013, pp. 325-369. (lead article)

- Paper (.pdf) / NBER Working Paper #18130 / CEPR Working Paper #8998 / Cross-sectional dataset

 

The First Law of Petropolitics

Economica, vol. 79, no. 316, October 2012, pp. 641-657.

- Coverage in Foreign Policy and Tom Friedman’s response

- Paper (.pdf)

 

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.

- Paper (.pdf) / NBER Working Paper #17271 / CEPR Working Paper #8541

The Political Economy of Linguistic Cleavages

(with Klaus Desmet and Ignacio Ortuño-Ortín) - Journal of Development Economics, vol. 97, no. 2, March 2012, pp. 322-338.

- Coverage in The Economist.

- Paper (.pdf) / NBER Working Paper #15360 / CEPR Working Paper #7478 / Linguistic heterogeneity data / Appendix

A Monte Carlo Study of Growth Regressions
(with William R. Hauk, Jr.) - Journal of Economic Growth, vol. 14, no. 2, June 2009, pp. 103-147.
- Paper (.pdf) / NBER Technical Working Paper #T0296 

The Diffusion of Development
(with Enrico Spolaore) - The Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 124, no. 2, May 2009, pp. 469-529.

- Coverage in Economic Principals (08-26-2007) and SmartMoney Russia (05-02-2006, in Russian).

- Paper (.pdf) / NBER Working Paper #12153 / CEPR Working Paper #5630 / Genetic distance data / Appendix

Trade Liberalization and Growth: New Evidence
(with Karen Horn Welch) - The World Bank Economic Review, vol. 22, no. 2, June 2008, pp. 187-231. (lead article)
- Paper (.pdf) / Liberalization Data / NBER Working Paper #10152

Death and Development
(with Peter Lorentzen and John McMillan) - Journal of Economic Growth, vol. 13, no. 2, June 2008, pp. 81-124. (lead article)

- Coverage in La Vanguardia (10-27-2005, in Spanish).
- Paper (.pdf) / NBER Working Paper #11620 / CEPR Working Paper #5246

Small States, Big Pork
(with William R. Hauk, Jr.) - Quarterly Journal of Political Science, vol. 2, no. 1, January 2007, pp. 95-106.

- Paper (.pdf)

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

Science, vol. 313, no. 5793, pp. 1576-1577 (15 September 2006).

- Paper

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. 1, part 2, Chapter 23, pp. 1499-1542. Amsterdam: North Holland, 2005.
- Paper (.pdf)

Borders and Growth
(with Enrico Spolaore) - Journal of Economic Growth, vol. 10, no. 4, December 2005, pp. 331-386.
- Paper (.pdf) /  NBER Working Paper #9223  / CEPR Working Paper #5202

Do Democratic Transitions Produce Bad Economic Outcomes?

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

- Coverage in International Herald Tribune (1-7-2005).

- Paper (.pdf)

Trade Liberalization and Intersectoral Labor Movements
(with Jessica Wallack) - Journal of International Economics, vol. 64, no. 2, December 2004, pp. 411-439.
- Paper (.pdf) / Appendix 

Fractionalization
(with Alberto Alesina, Arnaud Devleeschauwer, William Easterly and Sergio Kurlat) - Journal of Economic Growth, vol. 8, no. 2, June 2003, pp. 155-194. (lead article)
- Paper (.pdf) / Fractionalization Data / NBER Working Paper #9411

Stages of Diversification
(with Jean Imbs) - American Economic Review, vol. 93, no. 1, March 2003, pp. 63-86.
- Paper (.pdf) / Appendix

Review of Easterly's “The Elusive Quest for Growth”
Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 40, no. 3, September 2002, pp. 907-918.
- Paper (.pdf) / Paper in Spanish

Measuring the Dynamic Gains From Trade
The World Bank Economic Review, vol. 15. no. 3, October 2001, pp. 393-429.
- Paper (.pdf)

How Democracy Affects Growth
(with José Tavares) - European Economic Review, vol. 45, no. 8, August 2001, pp. 1341-1379. (lead article)
- Coverage in The New York Times (4-13-2000).
- Paper (.pdf)

Economic Integration and Political Disintegration
(with Alberto Alesina and Enrico Spolaore) - American Economic Review, vol. 90, no. 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).
- Coverage in Financial Times (7-1-1997), Financial Times (12-22-1997), The Economist, (3-1-1998),  Le Monde (12-8-1998) and Business Week (03-19-2001).
- Paper (.pdf) / NBER Working Paper #6163

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: Princeton University Press, June 2000.

- Paper (.pdf)

Is Europe Going Too Far?
(with Alberto Alesina) - Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy (supplement to the Journal of Monetary Economics), vol. 51, no. 1, December 1999, pp.1-42. (lead article)
- Shorter version in Vox (06-22-2008) and coverage on CNN-fn (12-8-1998)
- Paper (.pdf) / NBER Working Paper #6883

Openness, Country Size and Government
(with Alberto Alesina) - Journal of Public Economics, vol. 69, no. 3, September 1998, pp.305-321. (lead article)
- Coverage in The Economist (1-3-1998) and again in The Economist (9-27-2014).
- Paper (.pdf) / NBER Working Paper #6024

 

IV. WEB RESOURCES

Web of Science ResearcherID profile

Google Scholar profile

REPEC profile

Wikipedia page

 

V. COAUTHOR WEBSITES

Alberto Alesina

Guillaume Blanc

Klaus Desmet

William Easterly

William R. Hauk, Jr

Jean Imbs

Peter Lorentzen

John McMillan

Fabrice Murtin

Ignacio Ortuño-Ortín

Bruno Pellegrino

Dani Rodrik

Enrico Spolaore

José Tavares

Jessica Seddon


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