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Ernesto Dal Bó - Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, US

Ernesto Dal Bó Ernesto Dal Bó

Phillips Girgich Professor of Business | Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, UNITED STATES

Areas of Expertise (5)

Political Economy Democratic Institutions and Collective Decision-making Influence and Corruption Morality, Coercion, and Conflict State Formation and State Capabilities

About

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.

Education (4)

University of Oxford: DPhil, Economics

University of Oxford: MPhil, Economics

University of Buenos Aires: Masters, Economic Policy

University of Buenos Aires: Licentiate in Economics

Honors & Awards (6)

Hellman Family Faculty Fund Award

2006

Schwabacher Fellowship Award

2005-2006

Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Full-Time MBA Program

2004

Special Mention, Earl Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award, PhD

2004

J. Rank and C.A.W. Manning Junior Research Fellowship in Social Studies

New College, Oxford

Royal Economic Society Fellowship (Recipient)

2000

Selected External Service & Affiliations (4)

  • Co-Director: Berkeley Center for Economics and Politics (BCEP)
  • Faculty Board: Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA)
  • Research Associate – National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
  • Research Affiliate – International Growth Centre (IGC)

Positions Held (1)

At Haas since 2003

2013 – present, Phillips Girgich Professor of Business, Haas School of Business
2008 – present, Associate Professor of Political Science, Travers Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley
2010 – 2013, Harold Furst Chair in Management Philosophy and Values, Haas School of Business
2008 – 2010, Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy, Haas School of Business
2007 – 2008, Associate Professor of Political Economy, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
2004 – 2007, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Travers Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley
2003 – 2007, Assistant Professor of Business and Public Policy, Haas School of Business

Media Appearances (2)

Why People Vote for Counterproductive Policies

The Atlantic  

2016-12-26

“The sirens’ call is very strong,” said Ernesto Dal Bó, an economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and one of the paper’s co-authors. “They should vote to go to the new game. In equilibrium, they’re going to make a higher payoff. The problem is, even with very smart individuals … they don’t.”

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UC Berkeley professors, alumni create startup to combat money in politics

The Daily Californian  

2016-01-11

“Campaigns have gotten very costly,” said Ernesto Dal Bo, co-director of the Berkeley Center for Economics and Politics and associate professor in the campus political science department. “The barrier to entry for unorganized interests in politics are very high. Similarly, the cost of entry for candidates that are not backed by organized interests is also very high. This organization is trying to lower the cost of entry”...

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Selected Papers & Publications (17)

Government Decentralization Under Changing State Capacity: Experimental Evidence From Paraguay NBER Working Paper

Ernesto Dal Bó, Fred Finan, Nicholas Li, and Laura Schechter

2018

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Progress and Perspectives in the Study of Political Selection Annual Review of Economics

Ernesto Dal Bó and Fred Finan

2018

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The Demand for Bad Policy When Voters Underappreciate Equilibrium Effects Review of Economic Studies

Ernesto Dal Bó. Pedro Dal Bó, and Erik Eyster

2018

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Who Becomes a Politician? Quarterly Journal of Economics

Ernesto Dal Bó, Fred Finan, Olle Folke, Torsten Persson and Johanna Rickne

2017

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The Economics of Faith: Using an Apocalyptic Prophecy to Elicit Religious Beliefs in the Field Journal of Public Economics

Ernesto Dal Bó, Ned Augenblick, Jesse Cunha, and Justin Rao

2016

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"Do the Right Thing:" The Effects of Moral Suasion on Cooperation Journal of Public Economics

Ernesto Dal Bó and Pedro Dal Bó

2014

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Strengthening State Capabilities: The Role of Financial Incentives in the Call to Public Service Quarterly Journal of Economics

Ernesto Dal Bó, Frederico Finan, and Martín Rossi

2013

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Self-Esteem, Moral Capital, and Wrongdoing Journal of the European Economic Association

Ernesto Dal Bó and Marko Terviö

2013

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Term Length and the Effort of Politicians The Review of Economic Studies

Ernesto Dal Bó, Martín A. Rossi

2011

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Workers, Warriors and Criminals: Social Conflict in General Equilibrium Journal of the European Economic Association

Ernesto Dal Bó and Pedro Dal Bó

2011

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Term Length and the Effort of Politicians Review of Economic Studies

Ernesto Dal Bó and Martín Rossi

2011

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A Model of Spoils Politics American Journal of Political Science

Ernesto Dal Bó and Robert Powell

2009

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Political Dynasties Review of Economic Studies

Ernesto Dal Bó, Pedro Dal Bó, and Jason Snyder

2007

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Bribing Voters American Journal of Political Science

Ernesto Dal Bó

2007

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Regulatory Capture: A Review Oxford Review of Economic Policy

Ernesto Dal Bó

2006

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Plata o Plomo [Silver or Lead]?: Bribe and Punishment in a Theory of Political Influence American Political Science Review

Ernesto Dal Bó, Pedro Dal Bó, and Rafael Di Tella

2006

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Capture by Threat Ernesto Dal Bó and Rafael Di Tella

Journal of Political Economy

2003

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Teaching (3)

Political Economy

Berkeley Haas PhD program

States, Elites, and Bureaucracies

Political Science PhD program

Ethics and Responsible Business Leadership

MBA and EWMBA programs

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