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Matilde Bombardini Economist

Matilde Bombardini’s research covers various aspects of International Trade and Political Economy. In particular, she has worked on the link between skill distribution and comparative advantage, the lobbying decision of firms and the behaviour of lobbyists.

Bombardini is currently investigating the impact of export expansion in China on pollution and health outcomes across different Chinese regions.


Co-Editor of the Canadian Journal of Economics

Bank of Canada Governor’s Award, 2015.

Harry G. Johnson Prize for the Best paper in the Canadian Journal of Economics, 2013.

Relevant Publications

M. Bombardini, "Firm Heterogeneity and Lobby Participation," J. Int. Econ, vol. 75, no. 2, pp. 329-348. July 2008.

M. Bertrand et al, “Is It Whom You Know or What You Know? An Empirical Assessment of the Lobbying Process”, American Economic Review, vol. 104, no. 12, pp.3885-3920, 2014.

M. Bombardini et al, “Skill Dispersion and Trade Flows,” American Economic Review, vol. 102, no. 5, pp. 2327-48, 2012.

M. Bombardini and F. Trebbi, “Votes or Money? Theory and Evidence from the US Congress,” Journal of Public Economics, vol. 95, no. 7-8, pp. 587-611, 2011.



Fellow Institutions, Organizations & Growth


University of British ColumbiaDepartment of Economics


PhD (Economics) Massachusetts Institute of Technology

BA (Economics) University of Bolonga



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