Institute of Political Economy and Governance

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.


  • Chong, Alberto; Leon, Gianmarco; Roza, Vivian; Valdivia, Martin and Vega, Gabriela. Urbanization Patterns, Information Diffusion and Female Voting in Rural Paraguay, forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science.
  • Leon, Gianmarco; Hansman, Christopher and Hjort, Jonas. Interlinked Firms and the Consequences of Piecemeal Regulation, forthcoming in the Journal of the European Economic Association.
  • Durante, Ruben and Zhuravskaya, Ekaterina. Attack when the World is not Watching? U.S. Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, forthcoming in the Journal of Political Economy.
  • Gallego, Aina and Hierro, Maria José. Identities in Between: Political Conflict and Ethno-national Identities in Multi-national States, forthcoming in the Journal of Conflict Resolution.
  • García Montalvo, José; Ganuza, Juan José and Burguet, Roberto. The microeconomics of corruption: a review of thirty years of research, forthcoming in the Handbook of Game Theory and Industrial Organization.
  • Pascali, Luigi and Becker, Sascha. Religion, Division of Labor and Conflict: Anti-Semitism in German Regions over 600 Years, forthcoming in American Economic Review.