Political economy

No Better Time Than Now. Future Uncertainty and Private Investment Under Dictatorship

Noisy signaling model that highlights how uncertainty about the type of potential autocratic successors might paradoxically provide incentives for elite investment.

Unlikely Democrats. Economic Elite Uncertainty under Dictatorship and Support for Democratization

Noisy signaling model that highlights how uncertainty about the type of potential autocratic successors might induce economic elites to support a democratic transition.

Do Female/Male Distinctions in Language Matter? Evidence from Gender Political Quotas

The pervasiveness of gender distinctions in grammar is strongly correlated with the adoption of political gender quotas.

The Grammatical Origins of Gender Roles

Women speaking languages that more pervasively mark gender distinctions are less likely to participate in economic and political life, and more likely to encounter barriers in their access to land and credit.