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Fabrizio Zilibotti's Mug ShotProfessor of Macroeconomics and Political Economy, University of Zurich
Scientific Director and Deputy Director of the UBS Center of Economics in Society

Main Research Areas:

  • Political Economy in General Equilibrium
  • Innovation and Economic Growth
  • Asset Prices and Risk Sharing
  • Modern Pension Systems
  • Economic Development
  • Economic History



Short Profile:


A former Professor of Economics at University College London and at Stockholm University, Fabrizio Zilibotti (born 07.09.1964) currently holds the Chair of Macroeconomics and Political Economy of the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich.

He is the President of the European Economic Association.

He is the Scientific Director and Deputy Director of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society.

He is a joint recipient of the Yrjo Jahnsson 2009 award from the European Economic Association and of the Sun Yefang 2012 Award from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (prize granted for the paper "Growing Like China").

He is a co-editor of Econometrica, the former chief editor (2009-14) of the Journal of the European Economic Association, a former director and managing editor (2002-06) of the Review of Economic Studies, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Growth and of China Economic Review. He has been the Principal Investigator of an ERC Advanced Grant. He is a director of the NBER Economic Fluctuations Group on Income Distribution and Macroeconomics.

He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, EEA, CEPR and CESifo.

His research interests include economic growth and development, political economy, macroeconomics, and the economic development of China.

He has published papers in all top-five journals in economics: American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies . In addition, he has published papers (among others) in several top-field journals.




  • London School of Economics Ph.D. 1994
  • London School of Economics M.Sc. 1991
  • Università di Bologna Laurea (cum laude) 1989



Recent Selected Publications: 
  • "Innovation vs. Imitation and the Evolution of Productivity Distributions." (PDF, 900 KB) With Michael König and Jan Lorenz. Theoretical Economics (forthcoming).
  • "The Political Color of Fiscal Responsibility." (PDF, 564 KB)With Andreas Mueller and Kjetil Storesletten. Journal of the European Economic Association, 2016, 14(1),pp. 252-302. Appendix (PDF, 261 KB)
  • "Sharing High Growth Across Generations: Pensions and Demographic Transition in China." (PDF, 494 KB) With Zheng Song, Kjetil Storesletten and Yikai Wang. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2015, 7(2), pp.1-39 (lead article). See a recent review of this article inThe Economist, August 11, 2012.
  • "Offshoring and Directed Technical Change."(PDF, 599 KB) With Daron Acemoglu and Gino Gancia. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2015, 7(3), pp.84-122. See a recent review of this article in The Economist, January 12, 2013.
  • "Growing (with Capital Controls) Like China." (PDF, 844 KB)With Zheng Song and Kjetil Storesletten. IMF Economic Review, 2014, 62(3), pp. 327-370.
  • "China's Great Convergence and Beyond." (PDF, 1592 KB) With Kjetil Storesletten. Annual Review of Economics, 2014, 6, pp. 333-362. See also video of the WZB Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences delivered by Fabrizio Zilibotti in Berlin on 23.05.24.
  • "Culture, Entrepreneurship, and Growth. " (PDF, 412 KB)With Matthias Doepke. Lead chapter of the Handbook of Economic Growth Vol 2A, Philippe Aghion and Steven Durlauf (eds.), pp. 1-48, November 2013. (See also NBER Working Paper w19141, June 2013.) (PDF, 412 KB)
  • "War Signals: A Theory of Trade, Trust and Conflict." With Dominic Rohner and Matthias Thoenig. Review of Economic Studies, 2013, 80 (3), pp. 1114-1147. See also: Full PDF Article (PDF, 631 KB) Webpage Appendixes A, B and C (PDF, 251 KB)
  • "Seeds of Distrust: Conflict in Uganda." (PDF, 681 KB) With Dominic Rohner and Mathias Thoenig. Journal of Economic Growth, 2013, 18 (3), pp. 217–252 (lead article).
  • "Structural Development Accounting."  (PDF, 403 KB) With Gino Gancia and Andreas Mueller. In Advances in Economics and Econometrics: Theory and Applications (Tenth World Congress of the Econometric Society), D. Acemoglu, M. Arellano and E. Dekel (eds.), Cambridge University Press, August 2013.
  • "Rotten Parents and Disciplined Children: A Politico-Economic Theory of Public Expenditure and Debt." (PDF, 451 KB)With Zheng Song and Kjetil Storesletten. Econometrica, Vol. 80, No. 6 (November, 2012), 2785–2803.
  • "Competing Engines of Growth: Innovation and Standardization." (PDF, 293 KB) With Daron Acemoglu and Gino Gancia. Journal of Economic Theory, 2012, 147 (2), pp. 570-601. Appendix (PDF, 126 KB)
  • "Growing like China."(PDF, 846 KB)With Zheng Song and Kjetil Storesletten. American Economic Review 101 (February 2011), pp. 202–241. See also: Appendix (PDF, 217 KB) CodE (ZIP, 34 KB) Errata Corrige (PDF, 30 KB) and a Review of this article.
  • "Do International Labor Standards Contribute to the Persistence of the Child Labor Problem?" (PDF, 483 KB) With Matthias Doepke. Journal of Economic Growth, 2010, 15 (1), pp. 1-37.
  • "Vertical Integration and Technology: Theory and Evidence." (PDF, 217 KB) With Daron Acemoglu, Philippe Aghion and Rachel Griffith. Journal of the European Economic Association, 2010, 8 (5).
  • "International Labor Standards and the Political Economy of Child Labor Regulation." Abstract. (PDF, 26 KB)With Matthias Doepke. Journal of the European Economic Association, 2009, 7 (2-3), pp. 508-518.
  • "Technological Change and the Wealth of Nations." (PDF, 275 KB)With Gino Gancia. Annual Review of Economics, 2009, 1, pp. 93-120.
  • "Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren' 75 Years after: A Global Perspective." in Revisiting Keynes: Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren, Chapter 2, Lorenzo Pecchi and Gustavo Piga (eds.), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008. The volume includes contributions from leading economists including Nobel Laureates Edmund Phelps, Robert Solow, Joseph Stiglitz.
  • "On the Optimal Timing of Capital Taxes." Abstract. (PDF, 83 KB) With John Hassler, Per Krusell and Kjetil Storesletten. Journal of Monetary Economics, 2007, 122 (4), pp. 1759-1799.
  • "The Unequal Effects of Liberalization: Evidence from Dismantling the License Raj in India." Abstract. (PDF, 39 KB) With Philippe Aghion, Robin Burgess, and Steve Redding. American Economic Review, 2008, 98 (4), pp. 1397-1412. Technical Appendix (PDF, 204 KB) See also the working paper version: Working Paper (PDF, 851 KB)
  • "Occupational Choice and the Spirit of Capitalism." Abstract. (PDF, 22 KB)With Matthias Doepke. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2008, 123 (2), pp.747-793. See also: Technical Appendix (PDF, 102 KB)
  • "Technology, Information and the Decentralization of the Firm". Abstract. (PDF, 19 KB)With Daron Acemoglu, Philippe Aghion, Claire Lelarge and John Van Reenen. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2007, 122(4), pp.1759-1799. See also: Technical Appendix (PDF, 333 KB)
  • "Democratic Public Good Provision." Abstract. (PDF, 20 KB) With John Hassler and Kjetil Storesletten. Journal of Economic Theory, 2007, 133(1), pp.127-151.
  • "Distance to Frontier, Selection and Economic Growth." Abstract. (PDF, 32 KB) With Daron Acemoglu and Philippe Aghion. Journal of the European Economic Association, 2006, 4(1), pp.37-74.
  • "The Macroeconomics of Child-Labor Regulation." Abstract. (PDF, 30 KB) With Matthias Doepke. American Economic Review, 2005, 95(5), pp.1492-1524. See also: (i) a recent REVIEW of this article, (ii)
  • "A Static Version of The Macroeconomics of Child Labor Regulation (AER 2005)"  (PDF, 115 KB) With Matthias Doepke. Useful for teaching purposes. October 2007.
  • "Horizontal Innovation in the Theory of Growth and Development." With Gino Gancia. In Handbook of Economic Growth, 2005, volume 1A, Chapter 3, North Holland.
  • "The Dynamics of Government." Abstract. (PDF, 101 KB) With John Hassler, Per Krusell and Kjetil Storesletten. Journal of Monetary Economics, 2005, 52(7), pp.1331-1358. See also: Technical Appendix (PDF, 254 KB)
  • "A Positive Theory of Geographical Mobility and Social Insurance." Abstract. (PDF, 44 KB) With John Hassler, José V. Rodriguez Mora, and Kjetil Storesletten. International Economic Review, 2005, 46(1), pp.263-303.
  • "The Survival of the Welfare State." Abstract. (PDF, 12 KB) With John Hassler, José V. Rodriguez Mora, and Kjetil Storesletten. American Economic Review, 2003, 93(1), pp.87-112.
  • "Productivity Differences." Abstract. (PDF, 53 KB)With Daron Acemoglu. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2001, 115(3), pp.563-606.