Giacomo Ponzetto

Giacomo Ponzetto

Senior Researcher
CREI – Centre de Recerca en Economia Internacional

Giacomo A. M. Ponzetto is a Senior Researcher at the Centre de Recerca en Economia Internacional (CREI) and the Institute of Political Economy and Governance (IPEG), and a professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the Barcelona School of Economics. He is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and an editorial board member of the Review of Economic Studies, having previously been an associate editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 2009.

His research interests include political economics, economic geography and international trade. He has published articles in numerous scientific journals on topics such as the geographic structure of government; the impact of asymmetric information on politics and economic policy-making; legal institutions and the development of regulation; and urban growth dynamics, human capital and innovation.

Selected Publications
Globalization and Political Structure (with G. Gancia and J. Ventura), Journal of the European Economic Association, 20(3): 1276-1310, 2022.
Securing Property Rights (with A. P. Behrer, E. L. Glaeser and A. Shleifer), Journal of Political Economy, 129(4): 1157-1192, 2021.
A Theory of Economic Unions (with G. Gancia and J. Ventura), Journal of Monetary Economics, 109: 107-127, 2020.
Political Centralization and Government Accountability (with F. Boffa and A. Piolatto), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 131(1): 381-422, 2016.
Shrouded Costs of Government: The Political Economy of State and Local Public Pensions (with E. L. Glaeser), Journal of Public Economics, 116: 89-105, 2014.
Stare Decisis: Rhetoric and Substance (with P. A. Fernandez), Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 28(2): 313-336, 2012.
Clusters of Entrepreneurship (with E. L. Glaeser and W. R. Kerr), Journal of Urban Economics, 67(1): 150-168, 2010.
Why Does Democracy Need Education? (with E. L. Glaeser and A. Shleifer), Journal of Economic Growth, 12(2): 77-99, 2007.
Strategic Extremism: Why Republicans and Democrats Divide on Religious Values (with E. L. Glaeser and J. M. Shapiro), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 120(4): 1283-1330, 2005.

Faculty Assistant: Emily Dietzel


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