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School of Economics and Finance

Andrea Tesei



Telephone: +44 20 7882 8840
Room Number: GC501
Office Hours: Monday: 4pm - 6pm


Research keywords: Development Economics, Political Economy.

Andrea Tesei is a Reader (Associate Professor) in the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary University of London.

Andrea is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance (LSE).

His research interests are in political economy and economic development, with a main focus on the political and economic consequences of the diffusion of traditional and new media, and on the relationship between natural resources and political stability. His research has been published in The American Economic Review, Econometrica, and The Review of Economics and Statistics and it has been featured in major media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times and the Guardian.

Andrea joined Queen Mary after receiving his PhD from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 2012. In 2018/2019 he was a visiting scholar at Northwestern University.


Research Interests:

  • Applied political economy
  • Economic development


  • Campante F., Durante R., Tesei A. (2022) "Media and Social Capital", Annual Review of Economics.
  • Andersen J., Nordvik F., Tesei A. (2021) "Oil Price Shocks and Conflict Escalation: Onshore vs. Offshore", Journal of Conflict Resolution.
  • Manacorda M., Tesei A. (2020) "Liberation Technology: Mobile Phones and Political Mobilization in Africa", Econometrica.
  • Durante R., Pinotti P., Tesei A. (2019) "The Political Legacy of Entertainment TV", American Economic Review.
  • Caselli F., Tesei A. (2016) "Resource Windfalls, Political Regimes, and Political Stability", The Review of Economics and Statistics.
  • Bruckner M., Ciccone A., Tesei A. (2012) "Oil Price Shocks, Income and Democracy", The Review of Economics and Statistics.


Public Engagement

Andrea Tesei’s work on the impact of resource windfalls on political stability and economic growth has been covered by the Financial Times and by His work on the political impact of commercial television has been covered, among others, by The New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Slate, Haaretz, Reuters, La Repubblica and La Stampa.

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