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Main Field: Political Economics and Collective Decisions


holds a Ph.D. in Economics from ULB (1998).  A director for research with the Belgian National Science Foundation, he works at ECARES and is a professor at ULB, where he also teaches microeconomics and political economics. His main research topics include the political economics of collective decisions, and of reforms. He published in leading scientific journals, such as Econometrica, The Journal of the European Economic Association, The Economic Journal, Games and Economic Behavior, International Economic Review, International Tax and Public Finance and the Journal of Public Economics.

He is also a member of the scientific board of the Price Observatory of the Belgian government and the National Bank of Belgium, and has worked as an external expert for several companies and international institutions (a.o. the World Bank and the Bertelsmann Foundation) 

He has been a TMR fellow at IGIER (Bocconi) in 1997-99 and a visiting scholar at NYU in 2014-2017. He is also co-Academic Director of the Georgetown-Solvay master programme in political economics.

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Publications in refereed journals

  1. Bouton, Laurent, Micael Castanheira, and Aniol Llorente-Saguer (2016). "Divided Majority and Information Aggregation: Theory and Experiment" [Latest Draft - Oct. 2015] and [Supplementary Appendix]Journal of Public Economics, 134(2), pp114-128

  2. Bouton, Laurent, Micael Castanheira, and Aniol Llorente-Saguer (2015). "Multicandidate Elections: Aggregate Uncertainty in the Laboratory", forthcoming in Games and Economic Behavior [latest draft] 
  3. Aragonès, Enriqueta, Micael Castanheira and Marco Giani (2015). "Electoral Competition through Issue Selection", American Journal of Political Science, January 2015: 71-90  [download latest draft] [PDF from AJPS Website]
  4. Castanheira, Micael, Gaëtan Nicodème and Paola Profeta (2012). “On the political economics of tax reforms: survey and empirical assessment”, International Tax and Public Finance, Vol 19(4), pp598-624  [download latest draft]
  5. Bouton, Laurent and Micael Castanheira (2012). “One Person, Many Votes: Divided Majority and Information Aggregation”, Econometrica, Vol80, No1, pp43-87  [download latest draft]
  6. Castanheira, Micael, Benoît Crutzen and Nicolas Sahuguet. (2010). “Party Organization and Electoral Competition”, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Vol. 26(1)  [download latest draft]
  7. Castanheira, Micael, Benoît Crutzen and Nicolas Sahuguet (2010). “The impact of party organization on electoral outcomes”, Revue Economique, Vol 61(4): 677-696 [download latest draft]
  8. Carrillo, Juan and Micael Castanheira (2008). “Information and Strategic Political Polarization”, The Economic JournalVol. 118, Issue 530, pp845-874 (lead article)  [download latest draft]
  9. Castanheira, Micael.  (2003). “Why Vote for Losers?”, Journal of the European Economic Association, Vol. 1, Issue 5, pp1207-1238  [download latest draft]
  10. Castanheira, Micael.  (2003). “Public Finance and the Optimal Speed of Transition”, Economics of Transition, Vol. 11, No3, pp435-462 [download latest draft]
  11. Castanheira, Micael.  (2003). “Victory Margins and the Paradox of Voting”, European Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 19, Issue 4, pp817-841  [download latest draft]
  12. Castanheira, Micael and Gérard Roland.  (2000). “The Optimal Speed of Transition: A General Equilibrium Analysis”, International Economic Review, Vol.41, No1, pp219-239  [download latest draft]



Current Affiliations:
Université Libre de Bruxelles: ECARES, Maître de Recherche auprès du FNRS, CEPR

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