Dr Mircea Popa
I am interested in how political institutions influence economic outcomes. My work has explored how elite structure, inheritance practices, procurement rules, and party organization influence long-run economic change.
Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Political ResearchSchool of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
My research focuses on how political institutions influence the economy. I am primarily interested in Europe and the UK, in contemporary and historical contexts.
In one line of work, I have focused on corruption, looking at how substantial corruption can coexist with economic growth, and how anti-corruption reforms may come to take place.
In another line of work, I have looked at how strategic behavior by governments and firms in the context of public procurement may be connected to institutional choices and to efficiency outcomes.
I am particularly interested in patterns that challenge the conventional wisdom on institutions and the economy: for example economic miracles ocurring under corruption, or populism and good economic performance coexisting.
My work makes use of quantitative methods, including the quantification of historical data and the use of machine learning and large-scale open government datasets.
Fiscality, Regulation, and Policy Choice: Evidence From Declassified British Cabinet Minutes 1981-1997
Journal of Historical Political Economy
- Accepted/In press
Comparative Political Studies
- Accepted/In press
Government and Opposition
European Political Science Review
I am teaching on quantitative methods and on substantive topics at the intersection of politics and economics. My unit on conducting a research project using quantititative methods (Poli20001) is designed to train social science studentists in the use of data, in the context of writing a research paper. My unit on comparative and international political economy aims to introduce politics students to economic policy making. If you are interested in the quantitative politics (ORM) track as a student, please get in touch.
The four units I teach are:
Poli20001: Conducting a Research Project Using Secondary Data
Poli20012: Comparative and International Political Economy
Poli30022: Political Corruption
Polim0001: Advanced Quantitative Methods