Recent Selected Publications

"Innovation vs. Imitation and the Evolution of Productivity Distributions." With Michael König and Jan Lorenz. Forthcoming in Theoretical Economics. First version: November 2010. (PDF, 900 KB)
"The Political Color of Fiscal Responsibility." (PDF, 501 KB) With Andreas Mueller and Kjetil Storesletten. Journal of the European Economic Association, 2015 (forthcoming).
Appendix (PDF, 267 KB) (PDF, 261 KB)
"Sharing High Growth Across Generations: Pensions and Demographic Transition in China." (PDF, 507 KB) With Zheng Song, Kjetil Storesletten and Yikai Wang. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2015, 7(2), pp.1-39 (lead article).
See a recent review of this article in
The Economist, August 11, 2012
"Offshoring and Directed Technical Change." (PDF, 614 KB) With Daron Acemoglu and Gino Gancia. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2015, 7(3), pp.1-40 (lead article).
See a recent review of this article in
The Economist, January 12, 2013
"Growing (with Capital Controls) Like China. " (PDF, 865 KB) With Zheng Song and Kjetil Storesletten. IMF Economic Review, 2014, 62(3), pp. 327-370.
"China's Great Convergence and Beyond." (PDF, 1.63 MB) With Kjetil Storesletten. Annual Review of Economics , 2014, 6, pp. 333-362.
See also
video of the WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences delivered by Fabrizio Zilibotti in Berlin on 23.05.24.
"Culture, Entrepreneurship, and Growth. " (PDF, 423 KB) With Matthias Doepke. Lead chapter of the Handbook of Economic Growth Vol 2A, Philippe Aghion and Steven Durlauf (eds.), pp. 1-48, November 2013.
(See also NBER Working Paper w19141, June 2013.)
"War Signals: A Theory of Trade, Trust and Conflict."
With Dominic Rohner and Matthias Thoenig. Review of Economic Studies, 2013, 80 (3), pp. 1114-1147.
See also: Full PDF Article (PDF, 647 KB) (PDF, 631 KB)Webpage Appendixes A, B and C (PDF, 258 KB) (PDF, 251 KB)
"Seeds of Distrust: Conflict in Uganda." (PDF, 698 KB) With Dominic Rohner and Mathias Thoenig. (PDF, 681 KB)Journal of Economic Growth, 2013, 18 (3), pp. 217–252 (lead article).
"Structural Development Accounting." (PDF, 413 KB) With Gino Gancia and Andreas Mueller. In Advances in Economics and Econometrics: Theory and Applications (Tenth World Congress of the Econometric Society), D. Acemoglu, M. Arellano and E. Dekel (eds.), Cambridge University Press, August 2013.
"Rotten Parents and Disciplined Children: A Politico-Economic Theory of Public Expenditure and Debt." (PDF, 462 KB) With Zheng Song and Kjetil Storesletten. (PDF, 451 KB)Econometrica, Vol. 80, No. 6 (November, 2012), 2785–2803.
"Competing Engines of Growth: Innovation and Standardization." (PDF, 301 KB) With Daron Acemoglu and Gino Gancia. Journal of Economic Theory, 2012, 147 (2), pp. 570-601. Appendix (PDF, 129 KB) (PDF, 126 KB)
"Growing like China." (PDF, 867 KB) With Zheng Song and Kjetil Storesletten. American Economic Review 101 (February 2011), pp. 202–241.
See also:
Appendix (PDF, 222 KB) (PDF, 217 KB) Code (ZIP, 35 KB) (ZIP, 34 KB) Errata Corrige (PDF, 31 KB) and a (PDF, 30 KB)Review of this article.
"Do International Labor Standards Contribute to the Persistence of the Child Labor Problem?" (PDF, 495 KB)With Matthias Doepke. Journal of Economic Growth, 2010, 15 (1), pp. 1-37.
"Vertical Integration and Technology: Theory and Evidence." (PDF, 223 KB)With Daron Acemoglu, Philippe Aghion and Rachel Griffith. Journal of the European Economic Association, 2010, 8 (5).
"International Labor Standards and the Political Economy of Child Labor Regulation." Abstract. (PDF, 27 KB) With Matthias Doepke. Journal of the European Economic Association, 2009, 7 (2-3), pp. 508-518.
"Technological Change and the Wealth of Nations." (PDF, 282 KB) With Gino Gancia. Annual Review of Economics, 2009, 1, pp. 93-120.
"Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren' 75 Years after: A Global Perspective." in Revisiting Keynes: Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren, Chapter 2, Lorenzo Pecchi and Gustavo Piga (eds.), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008. The volume includes contributions from leading economists including Nobel Laureates Edmund Phelps, Robert Solow, Joseph Stiglitz.
"On the Optimal Timing of Capital Taxes." Abstract. (PDF, 85 KB) With John Hassler, Per Krusell and Kjetil Storesletten. Journal of Monetary Economics, 2007, 122 (4), pp. 1759-1799.
"The Unequal Effects of Liberalization: Evidence from Dismantling the License Raj in India." Abstract. (PDF, 41 KB) With Philippe Aghion, Robin Burgess, and Steve Redding. American Economic Review, 2008, 98 (4), pp. 1397-1412.
Technical Appendix (PDF, 210 KB) See also the working paper version: (PDF, 204 KB) Working Paper (PDF, 872 KB) (PDF, 851 KB)
"Occupational Choice and the Spirit of Capitalism." Abstract. (PDF, 23 KB) With Matthias Doepke. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2008, 123 (2), pp.747-793.
See also:
Technical Appendix (PDF, 105 KB) (PDF, 102 KB)
"Technology, Information and the Decentralization of the Firm". Abstract. (PDF, 20 KB) With Daron Acemoglu, Philippe Aghion, Claire Lelarge and John Van Reenen. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2007, 122(4), pp.1759-1799.
See also:
Technical Appendix (PDF, 341 KB) (PDF, 333 KB)
"Democratic Public Good Provision." Abstract. (PDF, 21 KB) With John Hassler and Kjetil Storesletten. Journal of Economic Theory, 2007, 133(1), pp.127-151.
"Distance to Frontier, Selection and Economic Growth." Abstract. (PDF, 34 KB) With Daron Acemoglu and Philippe Aghion. Journal of the European Economic Association, 2006, 4(1), pp.37-74.
"The Macroeconomics of Child-Labor Regulation." Abstract. (PDF, 31 KB) With Matthias Doepke. American Economic Review, 2005, 95(5), pp.1492-1524.
See also:
(i) a recent
REVIEW of this article,
(ii) "A Static Version of The Macroeconomics of Child Labor Regulation (AER 2005)" (PDF, 118 KB) With Matthias Doepke. Useful for teaching purposes. October 2007. (PDF, 115 KB)
"Horizontal Innovation in the Theory of Growth and Development." With Gino Gancia. In Handbook of Economic Growth, 2005, volume 1A, Chapter 3, North Holland.
"The Dynamics of Government." Abstract. (PDF, 104 KB) With John Hassler, Per Krusell and Kjetil Storesletten. Journal of Monetary Economics, 2005, 52(7), pp.1331-1358.
See also:
Technical Appendix (PDF, 261 KB) (PDF, 254 KB)
"A Positive Theory of Geographical Mobility and Social Insurance." Abstract. (PDF, 46 KB) With John Hassler, José V. Rodriguez Mora, and Kjetil Storesletten. International Economic Review, 2005, 46(1) pp.263-303.
"The Survival of the Welfare State." Abstract. (PDF, 13 KB) With John Hassler, José V. Rodriguez Mora, and Kjetil Storesletten. American Economic Review, 2003, 93(1) pp.87-112.
"Productivity Differences." Abstract. (PDF, 55 KB) With Daron Acemoglu. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2001, 115(3), pp.563-606.

In Progress

Articles in Newspapers, Magazines, etc.

"Expectations are crucial to economic recovery"
(in Serbian) Fabrizio Zilibotti interviewed by the main Serbian newspaper Politika, April 26, 2015.
Translation in English (PDF, 337 KB)
"Parenting Styles and Economics"
Fabrizio Zilibotti's honorary speech on 'Parenting with Style' at the XVI April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development in Moscow, April 15, 2015.
"Pragmatismus aus Prinzip"
(in German) Finanz und Wirtschaft, February 13, 2015.
"Wieso kapitalgedeckte Rentensysteme nicht immer die besten sind"
(in German) Neue Zürcher Zeitung, October 15, 2014.
"Tiger moms and helicopter parents: The economics of parenting style"
With Matthias Doepke., October 11, 2014.
"Offshoring and skill-biased technical change"
With Daron Acemoglu and Gino Gancia., September 30, 2014.
"Unternehmer mit Biss"
(in German) Magazin 3/14, Universität Zürich, September 2014, Page 22-23.
"Neuauflage des Kalten Kriegs kostet "
(in German) Finanz und Wirtschaft, August 19, 2014.
"«Rottamazione» für die EU "
(in German) Finanz und Wirtschaft, June 17, 2014.
Interview about "Russland und China:'Es gibt keinen neuen Ostblock'"
(in German) Zeit Online, May 24, 2014.
"Interview: Growing like China: understanding the puzzle of China's economic transition"
Fabrizio Zilibotti interviewed by Viv Davies, December 23, 2013.
"Wenn China den Kapitalmarkt öffnet"
(in German) Finanz und Wirtschaft, September 20, 2013.
Interview about "China wird mit 5 bis 6 % weiterwachsen"
(in German) NZZ am Sonntag , August 18, 2013.
"Offshoring hat die Lohnunterschiede zwischen Entwicklungs- und Industriestaaten verringert"
(in German) Finanz und Wirtschaft, April 26, 2013.
Interview about "Italien ist das grösste Risiko für die Währungsunion"
(in German) Finanz und Wirtschaft, April 2, 2013, Nr.26: Page 17.
Interview to Morgenbladet (11.01.2013) after the speech held in front of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs of the Norwegian Parliament (Storting) on 10 January, 2013 on "China: Past, Present and Future".
"China wird künftig normalere Wachstumsraten haben"
UZH News, Nov 30, 2011.
"Sichere Pension für Chinas Alte?". (PDF, 657 KB) (in German) Finanz und Wirtschaft, November 26, 2011, Nr.94: Page 32.
Feast of Thoughts
A panel discussion with Economists from U.S., Europe, Japan-Korea, and China, about the different Economic development modes in the respective four areas. Broadcasted on CCTV-2, Sep 19, 2010.
The “real” causes of China’s trade surplus
With Zheng Song and Kjetil Storesletten., May 2, 2010.
"Kauft T-Shirts aus Kinderhand". (PDF, 25 KB) (in German) Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, November 11, 2009, Nr.47: Page 36.
"Child Labour: Is International Activism the Solution or the Problem?"
With Matthias Doepke., October 12, 2009.
See also the New York Times Freakonomics Blog Entry.
"Die Wege der wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung sind verschlungen". (PDF, 82 KB) (in German) Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Oktober 28./29., 2006, Nr.251: Page 31.
"Die Tugenden des Kapitalismus: Arbeit, Sparsamkeit und Fleiss." (PDF, 638 KB) (in German) Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (by Rainer Hank), December 23, 2007, Nr. 51: Page 31. For the background material discussed in this newspaper article, see my articles: `Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren' 75 Years after: A Global Perspective., Occupational Choice and the Spirit of Capitalism.

More information and references to other published articles is available from my

Review of Economic Dynamics Newsletter (Volume 7, Issue 1, November 2005) has published a profile of my recent research on political economy and macroeconomics, where I discuss articles published in 2005 (or forthcoming) in the American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Monetary Economics, International Economic Review and Journal of the European Economic Association. Some research in progress is also discussed.
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