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M.C. (Manuel) Oechslin


Associate Professor

Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Department of Economics

 

Expertise

Political Economy of Development, International Economics, Macroeconomics and Inequality, Public Economics

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Publications

Principal publications
  • Targeting Autocrats: Economic Sanctions and Regime Change, accepted for publication in the European Journal of Political Economy, 2014.
  • Inequality and Growth: The Neglected Time Dimension, Journal of Economic Growth, 19(1), 81-104, 2014 (with Daniel Halter and Josef Zweimüller).
  • Government Revenues and Economic Growth in Weakly Institutionalized StatesEconomic Journal, 120(June), 631-650, 2010.
  • Market Imperfections, Wealth Inequality, and the Distribution of Trade Gains, Journal of International Economics, 81(1), 15-25, 2010 (with Reto Foellmi).
  • Creditor Protection and the Dynamics of the Distribution in Oligarchic SocietiesJournal of Economic Growth, 14(4), 313-344, 2009.

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Education

2002-2006: University of Zurich
Ph.D in Economics (Dissertation: "Imperfect Credit and Barriers to Entry in Macroeconomic Models;" Committee: Josef Zweimueller, Ernst Fehr)

1997-2002: University of Zurich
Licentiate in Economics (MSc. equivalent)

1999-2000: Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin
Visiting Student

Career

2012-now: Tilburg University, Department of Economics
Associate Professor; CentER Fellow; EBC Fellow

2010-2011: University of Bern, WTI
Assistant Professor

2008-2010: Tilburg University, Department of Economics
Assistant Professor; CentER Fellow

2007-2008: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Economics
Visiting Scholar

2006-2007: University of Zurich
Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Publications

Principal publications
  • Targeting Autocrats: Economic Sanctions and Regime Change, accepted for publication in the European Journal of Political Economy, 2014.
  • Inequality and Growth: The Neglected Time Dimension, Journal of Economic Growth, 19(1), 81-104, 2014 (with Daniel Halter and Josef Zweimüller).
  • Government Revenues and Economic Growth in Weakly Institutionalized StatesEconomic Journal, 120(June), 631-650, 2010.
  • Market Imperfections, Wealth Inequality, and the Distribution of Trade Gains, Journal of International Economics, 81(1), 15-25, 2010 (with Reto Foellmi).
  • Creditor Protection and the Dynamics of the Distribution in Oligarchic SocietiesJournal of Economic Growth, 14(4), 313-344, 2009.

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Projects

Working Papers

  • Disagreement and Learning about Reforms (2014, with Johannes Binswanger)
    Abstract: When it comes to economic reforms in developing countries, many economists agree on broad objectives. Broad objectives, however, can be pursued in different ways, and policy experimentation is often indispensable for learning which alternative works locally. We propose a theoretical model to study this societal learning process. The model explores the role of disagreeing beliefs about "what works". It suggests that such disagreement can stall the societal learning process and cause economic stagnation although everyone knows that Pareto-improving reforms do exist. Our analysis is motivated by the observation of a negative relationship between disagreement and economic growth among poorer countries.

 

 

  • Globalization and Productivity in the Developing World (2013; with Reto Foellmi).
    Abstract: We explore the impact of international trade in a monopolistically competitive economy that encompasses technology choice and an endogenous distribution of mark-ups due to credit frictions. We show that in such an environment a gradual opening of trade (i) may - but not necessarily must - have a negative impact on productivity and overall output; (ii) is bound to increase the polarization of te income distribution. The reason is that the pro-competitive effects of trade reduce mark-ups and hence the borrowing capacity of less affluent entrepreneurs. As a result, smaller firms - while not driven out of the market - may be forced to switch to a less productive technology. Our framework matches several salient patterns in the recent evidence on the impact of trade in developing countries.

 

 

  • Income Shocks and Social Unrest: Theory and Evidence (2013; with Christian Almer and Jérémy Laurent-Lucchetti).
    Abstract: Combining theoretical and empirical work, this paper explores the impact of economic shocks on the incidence of social unrest in less-advanced economies. Our theory predicts negative shocks to boost unrest since - in bad times - fighting the regime to reduce the level of resource diversion becomes cheaper. Using a new dataset on political instability in Africa, our empirical analysis confirms this prediction. Various instrumental variables estimates - which take into account the potential endogeneity of GDP changes - paint a consistent overall picture: The level of social unrest increases substantially in response to a negative economic shock.

 

Teaching


M.C. (Manuel) Oechslin teaches the following subjects:

Teaching activities elsewhere

Guest lecturer, Ph.D. Programme in Economics and Finance, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Other activities

Contact details
Room K 523
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg 
Phone+31 13 466 8089
Secretary+31 13 466 2416
Email m.oechslin@tilburguniversity.edu

Associate Professor
Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Department of Economics

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