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


Fertility and Modernity with Romain Wacziarg

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

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)

Long-Term Barriers to Growth with Romain Wacziarg, 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


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