Research: Papers

Recent Papers

Fertility and Modernity with Romain Wacziarg

The Political Economy of European Integration, prepared for the Handbook of the Economics of European Integration, edited by Harald Badinger and Volker Nitsc, Routledge

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

For more working papers and articles see

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