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Konstantin Sonin

Professor of Economics, Vice-Rector, and Director for Undergraduate Studies


Curriculum Vitae


A Political Theory of Populism (with Daron Acemoglu and Georgy Egorov), Quarterly Journal of Economics, forthcoming. 

Field Experiment Estimate of Electoral Fraud in Russian Parliamentary Elections (with Ruben Enkolopov, Vassily Korovkin, Maria Petrova, and Alexei Zakharov), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(2):448-52, 2013.  

Dynamics and Stability of Coalitions, Constitutions, and Clubs (with Daron Acemoglu and Georgy Egorov), American Economic Review, 102(4): 1446–76, 2012. 

Efficient Actions in a Dynamic Auction Environment (with Michael Schwarz and Brendan Daley), Games and Economic Behavior, 75 (1), 104-119, 2012. 

Political Model of Social Evolution (with Daron Acemoglu and Georgy Egorov), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108, Supp. 4, 21292-21296, December 2011

Dictators and Their Viziers: Agency Problems in Dictatorships (with Georgy Egorov) Journal of European Economic Association, 9 (5), pages 903–930, October 2011.

Determinants of Expropriation in the Oil Sector: A Theory and Evidence from Panel Data (with Sergei Guriev and Anton Kolotilin) Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization,  27 (2), 301-323, August 2011.

Rational Dictators and the Killing of Innocents: Data from Stalin's Archives (with Paul Gregory and Philipp Shroeder), Journal of Comparative Economics, 39(1), 34-42, March 2011.

Political Selection and Persistence of Bad Governments (with Daron Acemoglu and Georgy Egorov) Quarterly Journal of Economics, 125(4), 1511-1575, November 2010.

Businessman Candidates (with Scott Gehlbach and Ekatherina Zhuravskaya), American Journal of Political Science, 54 (3), 718-736, July 2010.

Provincial ProtectionismJournal of Comparative Economics, 38(2), 111-122, June 2010.

Why Resource-Poor Dictators Allow Freer Media: A Theory and Evidence from Panel Data (with Georgy Egorov and Sergei Guriev), American Political Science Review, Vol. 103, No. 4, pp. 645-668, 2009.

Do Juntas Lead to Personal Rule? (with Daron Acemoglu and Georgy Egorov), American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 99(2), 298-303, May 2009.

Dictators and Oligarchs: A Dynamic Theory of Contested Property Rights (with Sergei Guriev), Journal of Public Economics, 93 (1-2), 1-13, January 2009.

Coalition Formation in Non-Democracies (with Daron Acemoglu and Georgy Egorov), Review of Economic Studies, 75 (4), 987-1009, 2008.

A Theory of Brinkmanship, Conflicts, and Commitments (with Michael Schwarz), Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 24 (1), 163-183, 2008.

Are Russian Commercial Courts Biased? Evidence from a Bankruptcy Law Transplant (with Ariane Lambert-Mogiliansky and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya), Journal of Comparative Economics, symposium issue on Courts and Judges (P.Spiller, guest editor), 35-2, 253-442. June 2007.

Collusive Market-sharing and Corruption in Procurement (with Ariane Lambert-Mogiliansky), Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 15, 4, 883-908, Winter 2006.

Passive Creditors (with Koen Schoors), International Finance, 8 (1), 57-86, March 2005.

Information Revelation and Efficiency in Auctions (with Anna Mikoucheva), Economics Letters, 83 (3), 277-284, June 2004.

Why the Rich May Favor Poor Protection of Property Rights, Journal of Comparative Economics, symposium issue on Appropriate Institutions for Growth (S.Djankov and A.Shleifer, guest editors), 31-4, 715-731, December 2003

Working Papers

Political Economy in a Changing World (with Daron Acemoglu and Georgy Egorov), 2013

Winning by Losing: Incentive Incompatibility in Multiple Qualifiers (with Dmitry Dagaev), 2012

Do political blogs matter? Corruption in state-controlled companies, blog postings, and DDoS attacks (with Ruben Enikolopov and Maria Petrova), 2012

Government Control of the Media (with Scott Gehlbach), 2010

A Dynamic Model of the Research University (with Irina Khovanskaya and Maria Yudkevich), 2009

Equilibrium Refinement in Dynamic Voting Games (with Daron Acemoglu and Georgy Egorov), 2009.

The Killing Game: Reputation and Knowledge in Politics of Succession (with Georgy Egorov), 2005

Is Political Risk Company-Specific? The Market Side of the Yukos Affair (with Alexei Goriaev), 2004

Non-academic Publications

The End of Economic TransitionEconomics of Transition, 21 (1), 1-10, 2013

Development Based on Commodity Revenues (with Sergei Guriev and Alexander Plekhanov), in EBRD Transition Report 2009.

State Capture and Corruption in Transition Economies, New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2007.

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