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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
  • "Inequality and Growth: The Neglected Time Dimension", accepted for publication in the Journal of Economic Growth, 2013 (with Daniel Halter and Josef Zweimüller).
  • "Government Revenues and Economic Growth in Weakly Institutionalized States", Economic 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 Societies", Journal of Economic Growth, 14(4), 313-344, 2009.
  • "Why Progressive Redistribution Can Hurt the Poor", Journal of Public Economics, 92(3-4), 738-747, 2008 (with Reto Foellmi).

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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
  • "Inequality and Growth: The Neglected Time Dimension", accepted for publication in the Journal of Economic Growth, 2013 (with Daniel Halter and Josef Zweimüller).
  • "Government Revenues and Economic Growth in Weakly Institutionalized States", Economic 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 Societies", Journal of Economic Growth, 14(4), 313-344, 2009.
  • "Why Progressive Redistribution Can Hurt the Poor", Journal of Public Economics, 92(3-4), 738-747, 2008 (with Reto Foellmi).

Click here for the extended list of publications PDF

Projects

Working Papers

  • 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.

 

 

  • Targeting Autocrats: International Economic Sanctions and Regime Change (2013).
    Abstract: When it comes to international economic sanctions, the most frequent goal is regime change and democratization. Yet, use and consequences of such sanctions are little understood. Past experiences suggest that they are often unsuccessful. Moreover, paradoxically, targeted regimes tend to respond by implementing policies which severely amplify the sanctions' harmful effects. This paper offers a political-economy model which provides an intuitive explanation for these observations. An autocratic regime lowers the supply of public goods to reduce private-sector productivity and hence the resources available to potential challengers. As a result, sanctions-induced challenges become less likely, thereby buying the regime time to find exile opportunities. If these opportunities turn out to be of low quality, the regime prefers to hold out indefinitely - and the sanctions fail.

 

 

  • 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.

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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