Andrea Papadia is an economic historian and applied macroeconomist. He completed his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science between 2013 and 2017.
His research interests lie at the intersection between macroeconomics, political economy and development, with a historical perspective.
Andrea’s work focuses on two areas in particular. One is fiscal policy. More precisely, he studies how deeply rooted constraints and institutions can affect countries’ ability to respond to economic crises and shocks. The main focus of his work in this area has been the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The other main area of his research is the historical origin of public finance institutions. For this work he has concentrated on Brazil, showing that the incidence of slavery in the 19th century constrained fiscal development, the provision of public goods like education and, as a result, long term development in the country.
As a Max Weber Fellow, Andrea will continue pursuing this research agenda, which holds important lessons for both developed and developing countries today.
Andrea has three years of teaching experience at the LSE gathered in both the Economic History and Economics Departments. In particular, he has taught undergraduate courses in Macroeconomics and 20th-century Economic History.