IN – Preference Formation and Inequality

Keywords: middle-class size and inequality, social formation of preferences, cultural transmission, identity formation, class size, redistributive preferences, inter-jurisdictional competition, regional inequality.

Social Formation of Preferences

Social Economics: Current and Emerging Avenues‘ (with Mario Macis). MIT Press, 2016



Do Economic Recessions ‘Squeeze the Middle-Class’?” (with Alberto Batinti). Economics & Politics, 2020, 32 (3): 335-355.

The cultural origin of saving behaviour” (with Berkay Ozcan and Paola Giuliano). PLOS One, 2018, 13(9): e0202290. 

Social Identity and Redistributive Preferences: A Survey” (with Frank Cowell). Journal of Economic Surveys, 2015, 29(2): 357-74

Compulsory Language Educational Policies and Identity Formation” (with Irma Clots, Oriol Aspachs and Paolo Masella), Journal of the European Economic Association, 2008, 6(2- 3): 434-444.

Inter-jurisdictional Inequality

When does Inter-jurisdictional Competition engender a “Race to the Bottom?”A Meta-Regression Analysis” (with Filipe Albuquerque and Chris Doucouliagos). Economics & Politics, 2015, 27(3): 488-508

Do Jurisdictions Compete on Taxes? A Meta-Regression Analysis” (with Chris Doucouliagos and Filipe De-Albuquerque). Public Choice, 2014, 161(3-4), pp 451-470.

Is the impact of public investment neutral across the regional income distribution? Evidence from Mexico” (with Enrique Rodriguez). Economic Geography, 2005,  81(3), 305-322

Trade and the Effect of Public Investment on Regional Inequalities in Heterogeneously Integrated Areas,” (with Enrique Rodriguez). The World Economy, 2005, 26(6): 873-892.  

Political Competition and Pork-barrel Politics in the Allocation of Public Investment in Mexico”, (with Dario Luna-Pla and Enrique Rodriguez). Public Choice, 2003, 116(1-2): 185- 204