Publications

Academic Research

How voters assess elite-educated politicians: A survey experiment

Are politicians with elite backgrounds more electable? In this article, we test whether being an elite is a net positive or negative in running for public office via an original survey experiment that manipulates one of the most salient indicators of eliteness in American life: university education.

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Cross-country evidence on the impact of decentralisation and school autonomy on educational performance

How do administrative and fiscal decentralisation relate to education system performance? The question is answered by exploiting a panel with several different measures of fiscal decentralisation: a measure of administrative decentralisation, as well as a measure of school autonomy (using six waves of PISA).

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Is There a War Party? Party Change, the Left–Right Divide, and International Conflict

Are leaders from certain parties particularly likely to engage in military conflict? This question is difficult to answer because of selection bias. For example, countries may be more likely to elect right-wing leaders if their publics are more hawkish or if the international system is particularly dangerous.

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Secessionist social services reduce the public costs of civilian killings: Experimental evidence from the United States and the United Kingdom

How do international audiences evaluate the legitimacy of secessionist insurgencies? Although secessionists often propagate their behavioral choices, such as state-building and non-violence, to international audiences in the hopes of generating support, scholars know little about the effects of this information.

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Explaining opposition to refugee resettlement: The role of NIMBYism and perceived threats

One week after President Donald Trump signed a controversial executive order to reduce the influx of refugees to the United States, we conducted a survey experiment to understand American citizens’ attitudes toward refugee resettlement. Specifically, we evaluated whether citizens consider the geographic context of the resettlement program...

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Misinformation and the Justification of Socially Undesirable Preferences

Attempts to correct political misperceptions often fail. The dominant theoretical explanation for this failure comes from psychological research on motivated reasoning. We identify a novel source of motivated reasoning in response to corrective information: the justification of socially undesirable preferences.

Applied Research

Donostia – San Sebastían: A City in Search of Talent and Innovation

This technical note explains the fundamentals of the ecosystem for innovation and talent and its importance for the city. We can understand the role of human capital and how important talent is for the ecosystem, where several factors converge for the generation of ideas, products, methods or processes and that encourage entrepreneurship.

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The Quality-Acces Tradeoff in Decentralizing Public Services: Evidence from Education in the OECD and Spain

Decentralized delivery of public services should enhance constituents’ ability to hold politicians accountable and improve public service outcomes, according to theory. Yet, decentralization has not consistently yielded those improvements.

Applied Research

LATIN AMERICA LOSES ITS GROWTH POTENTIAL

We recently talked about the theory of economic complexity, and disclosed some revealing data about the economic complexity of Spain. We would like to continue this series by focusing on the countries of Ibero-America. Specifically, we will analyze the extent to which their productive capabilities have evolved in recent years.

Applied Research

THE 2030 AGENDA WAS MADE FOR US

“We’ve already met most of the goals. Besides, this agenda wasn’t made for us.” We hear these words too often coming from international representatives when they’re asked about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, established in the 2030 Agenda. In most cases, this response shows a failure to grasp the fact that in 2015...

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CAPACITY AND DIVERSITY: YOU WON’T GET AHEAD BY FOLLOWING THE CROWD

Tell me what you can do and I’ll tell you what you're worth." While this sentence may come across as vague at first glance—something we could easily hear in a job interview or in the context of US doctorates—it can actually be applied as a tool to predict the economic growth of an area, region or country.

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The Local Geography of Transnational Terrorism

Why are some locations more attractive targets for transnational terrorism than oth-ers? Remarkably little is known about the local-level conditions and attributes that determine precisely where transnational terror attacks occur within targeted countries.To date, quantitative terrorism research identi es country- or region-level correlates of terrorism,...