Francesco Trebbi



  • Associate Program Director
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth


  • University of British Columbia
Department of Economics


  • Canada


PhD (Economics), Harvard University
MA (Economics), Harvard University


Economist Francesco Trebbi’s research focuses on political economy and macroeconomics, with an emphasis on monetary and fiscal policy.

He has worked on topics ranging from institutional and political design to special interest politics. Part of his research revolves around the political economy of development, especially political institutions and their design. He also works on the political economy of consolidated democracies, including elections and campaign finance, housing and banking regulation, and lobbying.


Canadian Economics Association, John Rae Prize (for the best research record in the past five years), 2014

University of British Columbia, Killam Faculty Research Prize, 2013

Bank of Canada, Governor’s Award, 2012

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant, 2011–18

National Bureau of Economics Research Africa Success Grant, 2010–11

Relevant Publications

Trebbi, F. et al. "How Is Power Shared in Africa?” Econometrica 83, no. 2 (March 2015): 465–503.

Trebbi, F. et al. "How Do Voters Respond to Information? Evidence from a Randomized Campaign." Am. Econ. Rev. 105, no. 1 (January 2015): 322–53.

Trebbi, F. et al. "Is It Whom You Know or What You Know? An Empirical Assessment of the Lobbying Process." Am. Econ. Rev. 104, no. 12 (December 2014): 3885–3920.

Trebbi, F. et al. "The Revolving Door and Worker Flows in Banking Regulation.” J. Monetary Econ. 65 (July 2014): 17–32.

Trebbi, F. et al. "Inconsistent Regulators: Evidence from Banking.” Q. J. Econ 129, no. 2 (May 2014): 889–938.


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