Enrico Spolaore

Seth Merrin Chair and Professor of Economics

Department of Economics

Tufts University

Medford, MA 02155, USA


Enrico Spolaore is the Seth Merrin Chair and 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


The Political Economy of Heterogeneity and Conflict with Romain Wacziarg

Fertility and Modernity with Romain Wacziarg

Ancestry and Development: New Evidence with Romain Wacziarg. New Genetic Distance Data.

War and Relatedness with Romain Wacziarg, Review of Economics and Statistics

Ancestry, Language and Culture with Romain Wacziarg – in Victor Ginsburgh and Shlomo Weber (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Economics and Language, Chapter 6, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Cultural Distance Data.

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


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


Catalonia and the Perils of Fiscal Redistribution, media coverage in The Economist, November 2nd, 2017

Des Catalogne comme s’il en pleuvait (in French), media coverage in Les Echos. October 24, 2017.

Nelle crisi territoriali servono istituzioni flessibili (in Italian) article with Alberto Alesina in Corriere della Sera, September 30, 2017.

The Consensus Crumbles. The Economists Who Foresaw the Backlash Against Globalization, media coverage in The Economist, July 2nd, 2016

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

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

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

Goldilocks Nationalism, media coverage in The Economist, September 27, 2014


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, in Victor Ginsburgh and Shlomo Weber (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Economics and Language, Chapter 7, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

New Genetic Distance Data. – if you use them, please cite E. Spolaore and R. Wacziarg, Ancestry and Development: New Evidence, September 2017.

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