Research and Publications

Recent Selected Publications

"Economic Reforms and Industrial Policy in a Panel of Chinese Cities." (PDF, 509 KB)With Simon Alder and Lin Shao. Journal of Economic Growth (forthcoming).

See also: Appendix (PDF, 193 KB)

"Innovation vs. Imitation and the Evolution of Productivity Distributions." (PDF, 900 KB) With Michael König and Jan Lorenz. Theoretical Economics, 2016, 11(3), pp. 1053-1102.

"The Political Color of Fiscal Responsibility." (PDF, 564 KB) With Andreas Mueller and Kjetil Storesletten. Journal of the European Economic Association, 2016, 14(1), pp. 252-302.
Appendix  (PDF, 261 KB)
"Sharing High Growth Across Generations: Pensions and Demographic Transition in China."  (PDF, 494 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 inThe Economist, August 11, 2012.
"Offshoring and Directed Technical Change."  (PDF, 599 KB)With Daron Acemoglu and Gino Gancia. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2015, 7(3), pp.84-122.
See a recent review of this article inThe Economist, January 12, 2013.
"Growing (with Capital Controls) Like China." (PDF, 844 KB)With Zheng Song and Kjetil Storesletten. IMF Economic Review, 2014, 62(3), pp. 327-370.
"China's Great Convergence and Beyond." (PDF, 1592 KB) 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, 412 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.) (PDF, 412 KB)
"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, 631 KB)Webpage Appendixes A, B and C (PDF, 251 KB)
"Seeds of Distrust: Conflict in Uganda." (PDF, 681 KB)With Dominic Rohner and Mathias Thoenig. Journal of Economic Growth, 2013, 18 (3), pp. 217–252 (lead article).
"Structural Development Accounting."  (PDF, 403 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, 451 KB)With Zheng Song and Kjetil Storesletten. Econometrica, Vol. 80, No. 6 (November, 2012), 2785–2803.
"Competing Engines of Growth: Innovation and Standardization." (PDF, 293 KB)With Daron Acemoglu and Gino Gancia. Journal of Economic Theory, 2012, 147 (2), pp. 570-601. Appendix (PDF, 126 KB)

"Growing like China."  (PDF, 846 KB)With Zheng Song and Kjetil Storesletten. American Economic Review 101 (February 2011), pp. 202–241.

See also: Appendix   (PDF, 217 KB) Code  (ZIP, 34 KB) Errata Corrige  (PDF, 30 KB)and a Review of this article.

"Do International Labor Standards Contribute to the Persistence of the Child Labor Problem?" (PDF, 483 KB) With Matthias Doepke. Journal of Economic Growth, 2010, 15 (1), pp. 1-37.
"Vertical Integration and Technology: Theory and Evidence." (PDF, 217 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, 26 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, 275 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, 83 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, 39 KB)With Philippe Aghion, Robin Burgess, and Steve Redding. American Economic Review, 2008, 98 (4), pp. 1397-1412.
Technical Appendix (PDF, 204 KB)See also the working paper version: Working Paper  (PDF, 851 KB)
"Occupational Choice and the Spirit of Capitalism." Abstract. (PDF, 22 KB)With Matthias Doepke. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2008, 123 (2), pp.747-793.
See also: Technical Appendix (PDF, 102 KB)
"Technology, Information and the Decentralization of the Firm". Abstract.  (PDF, 19 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, 333 KB)
"Democratic Public Good Provision." Abstract.  (PDF, 20 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, 32 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, 30 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, 115 KB)With Matthias Doepke. Useful for teaching purposes. October 2007.
"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, 101 KB)With John Hassler, Per Krusell and Kjetil Storesletten. Journal of Monetary Economics, 2005, 52(7), pp.1331-1358.
See also: Technical Appendix  (PDF, 254 KB)
"A Positive Theory of Geographical Mobility and Social Insurance." Abstract.  (PDF, 44 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, 12 KB)With John Hassler, José V. Rodriguez Mora, and Kjetil Storesletten. American Economic Review, 2003, 93(1), pp.87-112.
"Productivity Differences." Abstract. (PDF, 53 KB)With Daron Acemoglu. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2001, 115(3), pp.563-606.

In Progress

"Sovereign Debt and Structural Reforms." (PDF, 599 KB)With Andreas Mueller and Kjetil Storesletten.

This version: September 2016.

"Parenting with Style: Altruism and Paternalism in Intergenerational Preference Transmission." (PDF, 450 KB) With Matthias Doepke.
This version: August 2016. Earlier version: NBER Working Paper w20214.
This article is discussed in the New York Times 28 October, 2014 ( Anand Giridharadas: "Unequal Societies Give an Incentive for Pushy Parenting"), NZZ am Sonntag, 7 December, 2014( Patrick Imhasly: "Gib dir Mühe").
This article was reviewed by media in eleven countries, including the Washington Post, Telegraph, Repubblica, Les Echoes, Pagina99we, Aftenposten, Dagens Naeringsliv, Calcalist, etc.

"Networks in Conflict: Theory and Evidence from the Great War of Africa." (PDF, 1192 KB) With Michael König, Dominic Rohner and Mathias Thoenig.
This version: July 2016. First version: April 2014.

See also Technical and Data Appendix (PDF, 476 KB).

Articles in Newspapers, Magazines, etc.

"Italien droht ein Chaos"
(in German) Finanz und Wirtschaft, July 22, 2016.

"Income Inequality and Economic Growth"
See it also in German, Finanz und Wirtschaft, April 26, 2016.

Press coverage on "Keio Economic Society Lecture 2016: Do Unequal Societies Have More Pushy Parents? The Economics of Parenting Styles", December 24, 2015.
Fabrizio interviewed by the Nikkei Shinbun, Nikkei Inc.'s flagship publication and the world's largest financial newspaper (, January 11, 2016.
See a copy (PDF, 61 KB)of the published ariticle (in Japanese).

"Pensionsreform ungelöst"
(in German) Finanz und Wirtschaft, November 24, 2015.
"Katalonien und die «natürlichen» Grenzen"
(in German) Finanz und Wirtschaft, October 2, 2015.
"Fabrizio Zilibotti: stili educativi e conseguenze sociali"
(in Italian) Radio 24, webradio of Il Sole, August 30, 2015.
"China – from investment-led to innovation-led growth"
See it also in German, Finanz und Wirtschaft, June 19, 2015.
"«Grexit» ist der falsche Weg"
(in German) Neue Zürcher Zeitung, May 27, 2015.
"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) (PDF, 329 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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