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

- Zhuravskaya, Ekaterina; Petrova, Maria; Enikolopov, Ruben 2020, 'Political Effects of the Internet and Social Media', Annual Review Of Economics, Vol 12, 12, 415 - 438.

- Enikolopov R, Makarin A & Petrova M 2020, 'Social Media and Protest Participation: Evidence From Russia', Econometrica, 88: 1479-1514.

Selected research activities

Since 2019, Maria Petrova is a recipient of the ERC Starting Grant "The Rise and Fall of Populism and Extremism." In 2020, she also continued to serve as a member of the Editorial Board of the Review of Economic Studies and a Co-Editor at the Journal of Public Economics.

In 2020, Maria gave a number of invited talks (online due to pandemics) at BI Norwegian Business School, Uppsala, DC-PEC Political Economy Seminar at Washington DC area, University of Stockholm, Columbia University, University of Houston, Oxford, Warwick, New York University, CEPR Political Economy Webinar, PSE and Sciences Po Political Economy Seminar, and CEPR RPN on Preventing Conflict Online Meeting.