Institute of Political Economy and Governance


The project builds inequality measures using satellite imagery (night lighting and day), which for the first time allows to obtain detailed calculations of inequality for very small areas. A random forest algorithm classifies the areas according to the divergence with the inequality measure obtained using the traditional method, based on surveys, at different level of aggregation (country, regions, etc.)


8th Annual Workshop on Political Economy of Development and Conflict
May 14-15, 2020

Barcelona GSE Summer Forum Workshop on Political Economy
June 11-12, 2020

Barcelona GSE Summer Forum Workshop on Advances in Micro Development Economics
June 15-16, 2020

Established in Barcelona in 2013, the Institute of Political Economy and Governance (IPEG) is a research center that focuses on the interaction between politics (political regimes and institutions, political order and conflict, the aggregation of preferences and interests) and economics (development, the economic cycle, redistribution and welfare), although the multidisciplinary perspective of IPEG extends to sociology, history, archeology, etc. The final objetive is to understand the ultimate causes of development and how to prevent conflict. We rely on an evidence based methodological approach using data science techniques applied to large datasets (satellite imagery, GPS events’ positioning, very detailed information on population spatial distribution, etc.).

Six researchers of IPEG enjoy currently the prestigious ERC Grants which is an indication of the level of excellence of their research.

IPEG, housed at the Ciutadella Campus, is the result of the joint collaboration of “La Caixa” Foundation, the Government of Catalonia and has received the institutional support of Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.


  • Gallego, Aina, Beltrán, J.; Huidobro, A.; Romero, E. and Padró, Ll. Male and Female Politicians on Twitter: A Machine Learning Approach. Forthcoming in European Journal of Political Research.
  • Glitz, Albrecht, Brücker, H.; Lerche, A.; and Romiti, A. Occupational Recognition and Immigrant Labor Market Outcomes. Forthcoming in Journal of Labor Economics.
  • Glitz, Albrecht and Meyersson, E. Industrial Espionage and Productivity. Forthcoming in American Economic Review.
  • Llavador, Humberto and Carbonell-Nicolau, O. Elasticity Determinants of Inequality Reducing Income Taxation. Forthcoming in Journal of Economic Inequality.
  • Llavador, Humberto and Carbonell-Nicolau, O. Inequality, Bipolarization, and Tax Progressivity. Forthcoming in American Economic Journal: Microeconomics.
  • Petrova, Maria and Enikolopov, Ruben. Social Media and Protest Participation: Evidence from Russia. Forthcoming in Econometrica.
  • Reynal-Querol, Marta and García Montalvo, José. Ethnic diversity and Economic Growth: Revisiting the evidence. Forthcoming in the Review of Economics and Statistics (2020), CEPR working paper.