Paola Conconi

Paola Conconi is a Professor of Economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, a member of the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) and Research Associate of the Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS). She is also a Research Fellow of the CEPR International Trade and Regional Economics Program, the Director of the CEPR Research Network on Global Value Chains, Trade and Development, and a CESifo Research Fellow. She has published in several leading journals including the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Journal of Political Economy. Her main research interests are in international trade, firm organization, and political economy.

Lobbying for Globalization: How the Winners Dominate the Politics of Trade Agreements

Lobbying on free trade agreements has been dominated by a few very large firms, which experience large gains as a result of...

Guns and Votes: The Victory of an Intense Minority Against an Apathetic Majority

This column on the "gun-control paradox"—the fact that gun regulations continually fail in the US Congress despite being supported by around 90 percent of...

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How the Rise of Labor Market Power Helps Explain the Fall of US Manufacturing Employment

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How Manufacturing’s Lobby Won and Lost its Political Influence

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