Patrick Francois

Professor | Director, Vancouver School of Economics
phone 604 822 4608
location_on Iona Building 124

Research Area

About

I am a Professor in the Vancouver School of Economics and a Senior Fellow of the Institutions, Organizations and Growth program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Today my work focuses on problems in development economics, with a particular interest in Political Economy. I also work hard on squash (playing) and cricket (watching).

I obtained my Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.

My work focuses on problems in development economies, with a particular interest in political economy and non-profits.


Research

Please click on paper titles for abstracts and full text downloads.


POLITICAL ECONOMY

Political Quotas and Governance. (with Siwan Anderson)

Political Economy as Both a Challenge To, and Source of, Human Engagement in the Future Economy. Forthcoming in 'The Economics of Artificial Intelligence: An Agenda,' edited by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb, NBER, University of Chicago Press.

Factions in Non-Democracies: Theory and Evidence from the Chinese Communist Party. (with Francesco Trebbi and Kairong Xiao)

How is Power Shared in Africa? (with Ilia Rainer and Francesco Trebbi) Econometrica, 83 (2): 465-503, 2015.

The Emergence of Political Accountability. (with Chris Bidner) The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 128 (3): 1397-1448, 2013.

Clientelism in Indian Villages. (with Siwan Anderson and Ashok Kotwal) American Economic Review, 105 (6): 1780-1816, 2015.

A Theory of Minimalist Democracy. (with Chris Bidner and Francesco Trebbi)

The Dictator's Inner Circle. (with Ilia Rainer and Francesco Trebbi) Revise and Resubmit, Journal of the European Economics Association

 

CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT

Corrupting Cooperation and How Anti-Corruption Strategies May Backfire. (with Michael Muthukrishna, Shayan Pourahmadi and Joe Henrich) Nature Human Behaviour, 2017.

The Origins of Human Pro-Sociality: Cultural Group Selection in the Workplace and Laboratory. (with Thomas Fujiwara and Tanguy van Ypersele) Forthcoming in Science: Advances

[Read a lay summary of this paper in Vox]

Cultivating Trust Norms, Institutions and the Implications of Scale. (with Chris Bidner) The Economic Journal, vol. 121(555), 1097-1129, 2012.

Trust, Social Capital and Economic Development. (with Jan Zabojnik) Journal of the European Economics Association, 2005, 3(1) 51-94.


CYCLE AND GROWTH

Growth, Cycles and Welfare: A Schumpeterian Perspective. (with Huw Lloyd-Ellis)

Intrinsic Business Cycles with Pro-Cyclical R ; D. (with Huw Lloyd-Ellis) Review of Economic Dynamics, October, 2009.

Implementation Cycles, Growth and the Labour Market. (with Huw Lloyd-Ellis) B.E. Journal Macroeconomics Volume 13, Issue 1.


ON THE JOB LEARNING

Managerial Skill Acquisition In the Theory of Economic Development. (with Paul Beaudry) Review of Economic Studies, January 2010.

The Economics Of Inefficient Technology Use. (with Paul Beaudry) Updated version, February 2009.


LINKS TO SOME OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Implementation Cycles, Investment and Growth. (with Huw Lloyd-Ellis) International Economic Review, 2008, 49(3), 901-942.

Pro-Social Motivation and the Delivery of Social Services. (with Michael Vlassopoulos) CESifo Economic Studies, 2008, 54: 22-54.

Formalizing Informal Institutions: Theory and Evidence from a Kenyan Slum. (with Siwan Anderson) in Institutions and Economic Performance, edited by E. Helpman Harvard University Press, 2008.

Making a Difference. RAND Journal of Economics, Autumn 2007, 38(3) 714-732.

Commons as Insurance and the Welfare Impact of Privatization. (with Jean-Marie Baland) Journal of Public Economics, 2005, 89, 211-231.

Animal Spirits Through Creative Destruction. (with Huw Lloyd-Ellis) American Economic Review, 2003, 93(3), 530-550.

Contracting Productivity Growth. (with Joanne Roberts) Review of Economic Studies, 2003, 70(1), 59-86.

 


Additional Description


Patrick Francois

Professor | Director, Vancouver School of Economics
phone 604 822 4608
location_on Iona Building 124

I am a Professor in the Vancouver School of Economics and a Senior Fellow of the Institutions, Organizations and Growth program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Today my work focuses on problems in development economics, with a particular interest in Political Economy. I also work hard on squash (playing) and cricket (watching).

I obtained my Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.

My work focuses on problems in development economies, with a particular interest in political economy and non-profits.

Please click on paper titles for abstracts and full text downloads.


POLITICAL ECONOMY

Political Quotas and Governance. (with Siwan Anderson)

Political Economy as Both a Challenge To, and Source of, Human Engagement in the Future Economy. Forthcoming in 'The Economics of Artificial Intelligence: An Agenda,' edited by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb, NBER, University of Chicago Press.

Factions in Non-Democracies: Theory and Evidence from the Chinese Communist Party. (with Francesco Trebbi and Kairong Xiao)

How is Power Shared in Africa? (with Ilia Rainer and Francesco Trebbi) Econometrica, 83 (2): 465-503, 2015.

The Emergence of Political Accountability. (with Chris Bidner) The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 128 (3): 1397-1448, 2013.

Clientelism in Indian Villages. (with Siwan Anderson and Ashok Kotwal) American Economic Review, 105 (6): 1780-1816, 2015.

A Theory of Minimalist Democracy. (with Chris Bidner and Francesco Trebbi)

The Dictator's Inner Circle. (with Ilia Rainer and Francesco Trebbi) Revise and Resubmit, Journal of the European Economics Association

 

CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT

Corrupting Cooperation and How Anti-Corruption Strategies May Backfire. (with Michael Muthukrishna, Shayan Pourahmadi and Joe Henrich) Nature Human Behaviour, 2017.

The Origins of Human Pro-Sociality: Cultural Group Selection in the Workplace and Laboratory. (with Thomas Fujiwara and Tanguy van Ypersele) Forthcoming in Science: Advances

[Read a lay summary of this paper in Vox]

Cultivating Trust Norms, Institutions and the Implications of Scale. (with Chris Bidner) The Economic Journal, vol. 121(555), 1097-1129, 2012.

Trust, Social Capital and Economic Development. (with Jan Zabojnik) Journal of the European Economics Association, 2005, 3(1) 51-94.


CYCLE AND GROWTH

Growth, Cycles and Welfare: A Schumpeterian Perspective. (with Huw Lloyd-Ellis)

Intrinsic Business Cycles with Pro-Cyclical R ; D. (with Huw Lloyd-Ellis) Review of Economic Dynamics, October, 2009.

Implementation Cycles, Growth and the Labour Market. (with Huw Lloyd-Ellis) B.E. Journal Macroeconomics Volume 13, Issue 1.


ON THE JOB LEARNING

Managerial Skill Acquisition In the Theory of Economic Development. (with Paul Beaudry) Review of Economic Studies, January 2010.

The Economics Of Inefficient Technology Use. (with Paul Beaudry) Updated version, February 2009.


LINKS TO SOME OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Implementation Cycles, Investment and Growth. (with Huw Lloyd-Ellis) International Economic Review, 2008, 49(3), 901-942.

Pro-Social Motivation and the Delivery of Social Services. (with Michael Vlassopoulos) CESifo Economic Studies, 2008, 54: 22-54.

Formalizing Informal Institutions: Theory and Evidence from a Kenyan Slum. (with Siwan Anderson) in Institutions and Economic Performance, edited by E. Helpman Harvard University Press, 2008.

Making a Difference. RAND Journal of Economics, Autumn 2007, 38(3) 714-732.

Commons as Insurance and the Welfare Impact of Privatization. (with Jean-Marie Baland) Journal of Public Economics, 2005, 89, 211-231.

Animal Spirits Through Creative Destruction. (with Huw Lloyd-Ellis) American Economic Review, 2003, 93(3), 530-550.

Contracting Productivity Growth. (with Joanne Roberts) Review of Economic Studies, 2003, 70(1), 59-86.

 

Patrick Francois

Professor | Director, Vancouver School of Economics
phone 604 822 4608
location_on Iona Building 124

I am a Professor in the Vancouver School of Economics and a Senior Fellow of the Institutions, Organizations and Growth program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Today my work focuses on problems in development economics, with a particular interest in Political Economy. I also work hard on squash (playing) and cricket (watching).

I obtained my Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.

My work focuses on problems in development economies, with a particular interest in political economy and non-profits.

Please click on paper titles for abstracts and full text downloads.


POLITICAL ECONOMY

Political Quotas and Governance. (with Siwan Anderson)

Political Economy as Both a Challenge To, and Source of, Human Engagement in the Future Economy. Forthcoming in 'The Economics of Artificial Intelligence: An Agenda,' edited by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb, NBER, University of Chicago Press.

Factions in Non-Democracies: Theory and Evidence from the Chinese Communist Party. (with Francesco Trebbi and Kairong Xiao)

How is Power Shared in Africa? (with Ilia Rainer and Francesco Trebbi) Econometrica, 83 (2): 465-503, 2015.

The Emergence of Political Accountability. (with Chris Bidner) The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 128 (3): 1397-1448, 2013.

Clientelism in Indian Villages. (with Siwan Anderson and Ashok Kotwal) American Economic Review, 105 (6): 1780-1816, 2015.

A Theory of Minimalist Democracy. (with Chris Bidner and Francesco Trebbi)

The Dictator's Inner Circle. (with Ilia Rainer and Francesco Trebbi) Revise and Resubmit, Journal of the European Economics Association

 

CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT

Corrupting Cooperation and How Anti-Corruption Strategies May Backfire. (with Michael Muthukrishna, Shayan Pourahmadi and Joe Henrich) Nature Human Behaviour, 2017.

The Origins of Human Pro-Sociality: Cultural Group Selection in the Workplace and Laboratory. (with Thomas Fujiwara and Tanguy van Ypersele) Forthcoming in Science: Advances

[Read a lay summary of this paper in Vox]

Cultivating Trust Norms, Institutions and the Implications of Scale. (with Chris Bidner) The Economic Journal, vol. 121(555), 1097-1129, 2012.

Trust, Social Capital and Economic Development. (with Jan Zabojnik) Journal of the European Economics Association, 2005, 3(1) 51-94.


CYCLE AND GROWTH

Growth, Cycles and Welfare: A Schumpeterian Perspective. (with Huw Lloyd-Ellis)

Intrinsic Business Cycles with Pro-Cyclical R ; D. (with Huw Lloyd-Ellis) Review of Economic Dynamics, October, 2009.

Implementation Cycles, Growth and the Labour Market. (with Huw Lloyd-Ellis) B.E. Journal Macroeconomics Volume 13, Issue 1.


ON THE JOB LEARNING

Managerial Skill Acquisition In the Theory of Economic Development. (with Paul Beaudry) Review of Economic Studies, January 2010.

The Economics Of Inefficient Technology Use. (with Paul Beaudry) Updated version, February 2009.


LINKS TO SOME OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Implementation Cycles, Investment and Growth. (with Huw Lloyd-Ellis) International Economic Review, 2008, 49(3), 901-942.

Pro-Social Motivation and the Delivery of Social Services. (with Michael Vlassopoulos) CESifo Economic Studies, 2008, 54: 22-54.

Formalizing Informal Institutions: Theory and Evidence from a Kenyan Slum. (with Siwan Anderson) in Institutions and Economic Performance, edited by E. Helpman Harvard University Press, 2008.

Making a Difference. RAND Journal of Economics, Autumn 2007, 38(3) 714-732.

Commons as Insurance and the Welfare Impact of Privatization. (with Jean-Marie Baland) Journal of Public Economics, 2005, 89, 211-231.

Animal Spirits Through Creative Destruction. (with Huw Lloyd-Ellis) American Economic Review, 2003, 93(3), 530-550.

Contracting Productivity Growth. (with Joanne Roberts) Review of Economic Studies, 2003, 70(1), 59-86.