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Roberto Bonfatti

Associate Professor (On leave in 2020/21), Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Since 2018, Roberto has a part-time appointment with the School of Economics, his main position being at the University of Padua (Italy). He is around the School of Economics mostly in the fall. He was a full time assistant professor in the School between 2012 and 2018. Before that, he was a Junior Research Fellow (post-doc) in Economics at St John's College, Oxford, and a member of the Oxford Center for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCARRE). He holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics (2010), and BSc in Economics and Finance from Bocconi University.

Roberto's complete CV can be viewed and downloaded here in pdf format. Roberto's Facewall page.

Research Summary

Roberto's research lies at the intersection of international trade, political economy, and economic history. Among his topics of interest are the relation between trade and the rise and fall of… read more

Selected Publications

"Priority Roads: the Political Economy of Africa's Interior-to-Coast Roads", with Yuan Gu and Steven Poelhekke. IGC Cities Funded Project Nr 39304.

"Trade disruption, industrialisation, and the setting sun of British colonial rule in India", with Björn Brey. (COMING SOON!)

"Comparative Advantages, Trade and Endogenous Borders", with Kerem Cosar.

Monetary capacity", with Kivanç Karaman and Nuno Palma.

Current Research

Roberto's research lies at the intersection of international trade, political economy, and economic history. Among his topics of interest are the relation between trade and the rise and fall of colonial empires; trade and war; the economic legacy of empires, particularly in terms of the international specialization of former colonies; and the political economy of the the investment in transport infrastructure.

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