Francesco Trebbi

Francesco Trebbi is Professor of Business and Public Policy at the University of California Berkeley's Haas School of Business, Research Associate of the NBER, and a Research Fellow of CEPR. Dr. Trebbi focuses on the organization of nonmarket environments (government, special interest groups, military forces) and their interaction with the economy. This is an area of investigation that touches multiple fields within the economic discipline, from economic development to public economics, and within political science, from comparative politics to methods. He has worked on political institutions and their design in consolidated democracies and in autocracies, as well as on electoral campaigns and campaign finance, lobbying, housing and banking regulation, and public administration. His primary teaching interests are in political economy and applied economics more broadly. Professor Trebbi holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University and was on the faculty of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business from 2006 to 2010 and the University of British Columbia from 2010 to 2020. He was also a Visiting Professor of Economics at Stanford University during 2017–18.

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