Maria Petrova

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Social & Behavioural Sciences

Maria Petrova received PhD from Harvard University in 2008. She spent 2012 - 2013 as a Visiting Associate Research Scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. In 2012-2013, she was Research Director at the Center for New Media and Society at the New Economic School, Russia. Her research interests include political economy, mass media economics, and Internet Economics. Maria has published in American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Political Science Review, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, among others. Since 2016, she is a member of the Editorial Board of the Review of Economic Studies and a Co-Editor of the Journal of Public Economics. Since 2018, she is the recipient of ERC Starting Grant.

Research interests

I am an applied microeconomist whose focus is information economics, political economy, and development. I seek to understand how information flows affect complex links between economic and political phenomena. Existing works traditionally underestimate the role of information provision in media for different aspects of development, and my research fills this gap. The main question that I address in my work is how information affects political, economic, and financial outcomes in different countries. My recent research is focused on the political economy of traditional and social media, and on the determinants and implications of individual political donations.

Selected publications

- Enikolopov R, Petrova M & Sonin K 2018, 'Social Media and Corruption', American Economic Journals: Applied Economics, 10, 1, 150 - 174.

Selected research activities

In 2018, Maria has become a recipient of ERC Starting Grant EXTREME ("The Rise and Fall of Populism and Extremism"). She was also elected to the Council of European Economic Association.

Maria continued to serve as a Co-Editor of the Journal of Public Economics and as a Member of the Editorial Board of the Review of Economic Studies.

She organized an invited session at the EEA Annual Meeting in August 2018 and co-organized Economic Analysis of Electoral Politics workshop at the Barcelona GSE Summer Forum in June 2018.

She also gave a talk at the Aix-Marseille School of Economics in January 2018.