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 research activities

Maria Petrova continued to serve as a Co-Editor of the Journal of Public Economics and a member of the Board of Directors at the Review of Economic Studies. At the RESTud, she, together with Monica Martinez-Bravo, set up a fellowship program to help students and young scholars from Ukraine to support their studies and research activities in economics.

She also presented her work at a number of conferences and invited talks. In particular, Maria was a keynote speaker at the CEPR Workshop on Media, Technology, Politics, and Society in Rome, Workshop "Political Effects of Social Media" in Lyon, and 2022 Lisbon Meeting on Economics and Political Science. She was also an invited speaker at Princeton University, Stanford Graduate School of Business, University of Nottingham, CEPR 2022 Symposium in Paris, and the "Studying Critical Junctures" workshop in Munich. Finally, in 2022 she co-organized BSE Political Economy Workshop in Barcelona and the Political Economy of Populism section at the CEPR Public Economics Symposium in Stockholm.