Contact Information

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  • Location:
    115 Prospect Street
    Rosenkranz Hall, Room 335
    New Haven, CT 06520
  • Mailing Address:
    Yale University
    PO Box 20831
    New Haven, CT 06520-8301

Professional Profile

Director, Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy

Faculty Affiliate, Economic Growth Center

Research Fellow, CEPR

Research Fellow, BREAD

Research Associate, NBER

Associate, ThReD

Gerard Padró i Miquel




Professor of Economics and Political Science, Yale University


Professor of Economics, LSE


Lecturer in Economics, LSE


Assistant Professor of Political Economy, Stanford GSB



Associate Editor, Quarterly Journal of Economics


Co-Editor, Journal of Development Economics


Associate Editor, Review of Economic Studies

Published research


The Rise and Fall of Local Elections in China

With Monica Martinez-Bravo, Nancy Qian and Yang Yao. American Economic Review 112(9): 2921-58, September 2022. Online appendix here. (NBER working paper here, CEPR discussion paper here, BREAD working paper here).

JUNE 2021

Doing Business in China: Parental Background and Government Intervention Determine Who owns a Business

With Ruixue Jia and Xiaohuan Lan. Journal of Development Economics 151: 1-12, June 2021. (NBER working paper version here).


Crime, Intimidation and Whistle-blowing: a Theory of Inference from Unverifiable Reports

With Sylvain Chassang. Review of Economic Studies 86(6): 2530-2553, November 2019. (NBER working paper version here).

March 2019

Principals, Agents, and Indirect Foreign Policies

With Eli Berman, David A. Lake and Pierre Yared. In Proxy Wars: Suppressing Violence through Local Agents, edited by Eli Berman and David A. Lake. Cornell University Press: 1-27, March 2019.

June 2015

The Value of Democracy: Evidence from Road Building in Kenya

With Robin Burgess, Remi Jedwab, Ameet Morjaria and Edward Miguel. American Economic Review 105(6): 1817-1851, June 2015. Online appendix here. (CEPR discussion paper version here, NBER working paper version here).

June 2012

Selective Trials: A Principal-Agent approach to Randomized Control Trials

With Sylvain Chassang and Erik Snowberg. American Economic Review 102(4): 1279-1309, June 2012. (CEPR discussion paper version here, NBER working paper version here).

June 2012

A Political Economy Theory of Partial Decentralization

With John W Hatfield. Journal of the European Economic Association 10(3): 605-633, June 2012. (NBER working paper version here).

May 2012

The Political Economy of Indirect Control

With Pierre Yared. Quarterly Journal of Economics 127(2): 947-1015, May 2012. (NBER working paper version here).

January 2012

The Lesser Evil: Executive Accountability with Partisan Supporters

With Erik Snowberg. Journal of Theoretical Politics 24(1): 19-45, January 2012.

July 2011

Foreign Influence and Welfare

With Pol Antràs. Journal of International Economics 84(2): 135-148, July 2011. (NBER working paper version here).

November 2010

Conflict and Deterrence under Strategic Risk

With Sylvain Chassang. Quarterly Journal of Economics 125(4): 1821-1858, November 2010. (NBER working paper version here).

April-May 2010

Savings and Predation

With Sylvain Chassang. Journal of the European Economic Association P&P 8(2-3): 645-654, April-May 2010.

October 2009

Economic Shocks and Civil War

With Sylvain Chassang. Quarterly Journal of Political Science 4(3): 211-228, October 2009.

May 2009

Defensive Weapons and Defensive Alliances

With Sylvain Chassang. American Economic Review P&P 99(2): 282-286, May 2009.

October 2007

The Control of Politicians in Divided Societies: The Politics of Fear

Review of Economic Studies 74(4): 1259-1274, October 2007. (Longer NBER Working Paper version here).

August 2006

Legislative Effectiveness and Legislative Life

With James M Snyder. Legislative Studies Quarterly 31(3): 347-381, August 2006.