Ernesto Dal Bó

Research Expertise and Interest

applied microeconomic theory, political economy, corruption and influence, collective decision-making, coercion, quality of politicians, state capabilities

Research Description

Ernesto Dal Bó is a political economist interested in governance broadly understood. His research focuses on a range of topics: political influence, social conflict, corruption, morality and social norms, state formation, the development of state capabilities, and the qualities and behavior of politicians and public servants. Most of his teaching takes place in the Berkeley MBA program and at the doctoral level where he teaches courses on political economy.

In the News

Are politicians smarter than CEOs?

Though Americans can’t seem to say enough bad things about their elected representatives, new research from Berkeley-Haas shows that politicians aren’t necessarily a bunch of good-for-nothings — at least in Sweden.
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