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Main Field: European Integration and International Trade
Second Field: Political Economics and Collective Decisions
Paola Conconi is a Professor of Economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, a member of the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) and Research Associate of the Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS).

She received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Bologna, a M.A. in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Warwick. Her main research interests are in international trade, firm organization, and political economy.

She is a Research Fellow of the CEPR International Trade and Regional Economics Program, a CESifo Research Fellow, a Research Associate of the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics, and the Director of the CEPR Research Network on Global Value Chains, Trade and Development. 
She has published in several leading economics journals including the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Journal of Political Economy.

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Selected Works:

Selected publications

“From Final Goods to Inputs: The Protectionist Effect of Preferential Rules of Origin” (with Manuel García Santana, Laura Puccio, and Roberto Venturini), American Economic Review 108 (2018), 2335-2365.

“Internalizing Global Value Chains: A Firm-Level Analysis” (with Laura Alfaro, Pol Antras, and Davin Chor), forthcoming, Journal of Political Economy.

“Do Prices Determine Vertical Integration?” (with Laura Alfaro, Harald Fadinger and Andrew Newman), Review of Economic Studies 83 (2016), 1-35 [Lead Article]. 

“Electoral Incentives, Term Limits, and the Sustainability of Peace” (with Nicolas Sahuguet and Maurizio Zanardi), European Journal of Political Economy 51 (2018) 15-26.

 “Suspiciously Timed Trade Disputes” (with David deRemer, Georg Kirchsteiger, Lorenzo Trimarchi and Maurizio Zanardi), Journal of International Economics 105 (2017), 57-76. 

 “The Internationalization Process of Firms: from Exports to FDI” (with André Sapir and Maurizio Zanardi), Journal of International Economics 99 (2016), 16-30.

“Democratic Peace and Electoral Accountability” (with Nicolas Sahuguet and Maurizio Zanardi), Journal of the European Economic Association 12 (2014), 997-1028. 

“Policymakers’ Horizon and Trade Reforms: The Protectionist Effect of Elections” (with Giovanni Facchini and Maurizio Zanardi), Journal of International Economics 94 (2014), 102-118. Featured on The Economist.

“Special and Differential Treatment of Developing Countries in the GATT/WTO” (with Carlo Perroni), World Trade Review 14 (2014), 67-86.

“Multi-Trait Matching and Gender Differentials in Intergenerational Mobility” (with Natalie Chen and Carlo Perroni). Economics Letters 120 (2013), 292-296.

“Fast Track Authority and International Trade Negotiations” (with Giovanni Facchini and Maurizio Zanardi), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 4 (2012), 146-89.

“Trade Liberalization and Organizational Change” (with Patrick Legros and Andrew Newman), Journal of International Economics 86 (2012), 197-208.

“Reciprocal versus Unilateral Trade Concessions for Developing Countries” (with Carlo Perroni), Canadian Journal of Economics 45 (2012), 613-631.

“Policymakers’ Horizon and the Sustainability of International Cooperation” (with Nicolas Sahuguet), Journal of Public Economics 93 (2009), 549-558.

“Do Credible Domestic Institutions Promote Credible International Agreements?” (with Carlo Perroni), Journal of International Economics 79 (2009), 160-170.

“Is Partial Tax Harmonization Desirable?” (with Carlo Perroni and Ray Riezman), Journal of Public Economics 92 (2008), 254-267.

“Green Lobbies and Transboundary Pollution in Large Open Economies,” Journal of International Economics 59 (2003), 399-422. 

“Issue Linkage and Issue Tie-in in International Negotiations” (with Carlo Perroni), Journal of International Economics 57 (2002), 423-447. 


Ongoing projects

“Come Together: Firm Boundaries and Delegation” (with Laura Alfaro, Nick Bloom, Harald Fadinger, Patrick Legros, Andy Newman, Raffaella Sadun, and John Van Reenen), CEPR Discussion Paper 12923 and NBER Working Paper 24597.

“Abortion, Environment, Guns: How Single-Minded Voters Shape Politicians’ Decisions” (with Laurent Bouton, Francisco Pino and Maurizio Zanardi), Revision requested by the Review of Economics and Statistics.  

“Globalization for Sale” (with Michael Blanga-Gubbay and Mathieu Parenti).

“The Political Economy of Trade and Migration: Evidence from the U.S. Congress” (with Giovanni Facchini, Max Steinhardt and Maurizio Zanardi), CEPR Discussion Paper 9270. 


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