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Maria Petrova

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 2019, 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 causes of the growth and demise of populism and extremism.

Selected publications

Maria Petrova, Ananya Sen, and Pinar Yildirim 2021, “Social Media and Political Contributions: The Impact of New Technology on Political Competition“, Management Science, 67, 5, 2997 – 3021.

– Egorov, Georgy; Enikolopov, Ruben; Makarin, Alexey; Petrova, Maria 2021, ‘Divided we stay home: Social distancing and ethnic diversity’, Journal Of Public Economics, 194, 104328.

Selected research activities

In 2021, I’ve got AEJ: Applied Economics Best Paper Award for the best paper published in 2018-2020.

I continued to be the Co-Editor of the Journal of Public Economics and a Member of the Editorial Board of the Review of Economic Studies. In 2021, I was also elected to the Board of Directors for the Review of Economic Studies, with a term starting in January 2022.

I continued to be PI of ERC Starting grant EXTREME (2019-2023), with three postdocs (Gianluca Russo, Mario Carillo, Felipe Brugues) employed with this grant.

I presented my papers in a number of places, including LSE, Harvard, Bocconi, VIDE seminar, NYC media seminar, and multiple others.

In 2021, my PhD students, Sebastian Ellingsen and Dante Donati, found jobs at Dartmouth postdoc+Bristol AP and Columbia Business School AP, respectively.



ICREA Memoir 2021