Recent Papers

What is European Integration Really About? A Political Guide for EconomistsJournal of Economic Perspectives, Summer 2013

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 , edited by P. Aghion and S. Durlauf, North Holland – Elsevier (for a short summary see Vox)

War and Relatedness with Romain Wacziarg (for a short summary of a previous version, see Vox)

The Economics of Political Borders in preparation for the Handbook on the Economics of Public International Law, edited by Eugene Kontorovich, Cheltenham: Edward Edgar

National Borders, Conflict and Peace in Oxford Handbook of The Economics of Peace and Conflict, edited by Michelle Garfinkel and Stergios Skaperdas, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012

Long-Term Barriers to the International Diffusion of Innovations with Romain Wacziarg, in NBER International Seminar on Macroeconomics 2011, edited by Jeffrey  Frankel and Christopher Pissarides, Chapter 1, pp. 11-46. Chicago: 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 Núria Bosch,  Marta Espasa Queralt and Albert Solé Ollé, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2010

The Diffusion of Development with Romain Wacziarg, Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 124, no. 2, pp. 469-529, May 2009.

Civil Conflict and Secessions, Economics of Governance, vol. 9(1), pp. 45-63, January 2008

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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