Enrico Spolaore

Professor of Economics

Department of Economics

Tufts University

Medford, MA 02155, USA


Enrico Spolaore is a Professor of Economics at Tufts and a Research Associate with the NBER. His main research interests are in political economy, growth and development, and international economics.

Short Bio and CV


Culture and Economic Growth, The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics, Two Volumes, Edward Elgar 781955253


War and Relatedness with Romain Wacziarg, forthcoming in the Review of Economics and Statistics

Fertility and Modernity with Romain Wacziarg

Ancestry, Language and Culture with Romain Wacziarg – forthcoming in Victor Ginsburgh and Shlomo Weber (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Economics and Language, Chapter 7, London: Palgrave Macmillan. Cultural Distance Data

The Political Economy of European Integration, forthcoming in the Handbook of the Economics of European Integration, (H. Badinger and V. Nitsc eds., Routledge)


What’s Happening to the Number and Size of Nations? with Alberto Alesina in E-International Relations, November 9, 2015

Monnet’s Chain Reaction and the Future of Europe in Vox, July 25, 2015

Ancestry and Culture with Romain Wacziarg in Vox, June 27, 2015


What is European Integration Really About? A Political Guide for Economists, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Summer 2013 – covered in Britain in 2014 (ESRC magazine)

How Deep Are the Roots of Economic Development? with Romain Wacziarg, Journal of Economic Literature, June 2013

Long-Term Barriers to Economic Development with Romain Wacziarg, prepared for the Handbook of Economic Growth, vol. 3 (P. Aghion and S. Durlauf eds., North Holland-Elsevier), view the shorter version Long-Term Barriers to Growth, Vox, October 3, 2013 – covered in Marginal Revolution and Mother Jones

Long-Term Barriers to the International Diffusion of Innovations with Romain Wacziarg, in NBER International Seminar on Macroeconomics 2011, edited by J. Frankel and C. Pissarides, University of Chicago Press, 2012

Federalism, Regional Redistribution, and Country Stability in The Political Economy of Inter-Regional Fiscal Flows: Measurement, Determinants and Effects on Country Stability, edited by N. Bosch,  M. Espasa Queralt and A. Solé Ollé, Edward Elgar, 2010 – covered in The Economist


Cultural Distance Data – if you use them, please cite E. Spolaore and R. Wacziarg, Ancestry, Language and Culture, forthcoming in Victor Ginsburgh and Shlomo Weber (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Economics and Language, Chapter 7, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Genetic Distance Data – if you use them, please cite E. Spolaore and R. Wacziarg, The Diffusion of Development, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 124 (2), 469-592, May 2009