Phillips Girgich Professor of Business | Distinguished Teaching Fellow
Business & Public Policy | Sustainability
Ernesto Dal Bó is a political economist interested in governance broadly understood. His research focuses on a range of topics: political influence, social conflict, corruption, morality and social norms, state formation, the development of state capabilities, and the qualities and behavior of politicians and public servants. Most of his teaching takes place in the Berkeley MBA program and at the doctoral level where he teaches courses on political economy.
Expertise and Research Interests
- Political Economy
- Democratic Institutions and Collective Decision-making
- Influence and Corruption
- Morality, Coercion, and Conflict
- State Formation and State Capabilities
- Ernesto Dal Bó, Fred Finan, Nicholas Li, and Laura Schechter. Government Decentralization Under Changing State Capacity: Experimental Evidence From Paraguay. NBER Working Paper.
- Ernesto Dal Bó and Fred Finan. Progress and Perspectives in the Study of Political Selection. Annual Review of Economics.
- Ernesto Dal Bó. Pedro Dal Bó, and Erik Eyster. The Demand for Bad Policy When Voters Underappreciate Equilibrium Effects. Review of Economic Studies.
- Ernesto Dal Bó, Fred Finan, Olle Folke, Torsten Persson and Johanna Rickne. Who Becomes a Politician?. Quarterly Journal of Economics.
- Ernesto Dal Bó, Ned Augenblick, Jesse Cunha, and Justin Rao. The Economics of Faith: Using an Apocalyptic Prophecy to Elicit Religious Beliefs in the Field. Journal of Public Economics.
- Ernesto Dal Bó and Pedro Dal Bó. “Do the Right Thing:” The Effects of Moral Suasion on Cooperation. Journal of Public Economics.
- Ernesto Dal Bó, Frederico Finan, and Martín Rossi. Strengthening State Capabilities: The Role of Financial Incentives in the Call to Public Service. Quarterly Journal of Economics.
- Ernesto Dal Bó and Marko Terviö. Self-Esteem, Moral Capital, and Wrongdoing. Journal of the European Economic Association.
- Ernesto Dal Bó, Martín A. Rossi. Term Length and the Effort of Politicians. The Review of Economic Studies.
- Ernesto Dal Bó and Pedro Dal Bó. Workers, Warriors and Criminals: Social Conflict in General Equilibrium. Journal of the European Economic Association.
- Ernesto Dal Bó and Martín Rossi. Term Length and the Effort of Politicians. Review of Economic Studies.
- Ernesto Dal Bó and Robert Powell. A Model of Spoils Politics. American Journal of Political Science.
- Ernesto Dal Bó, Pedro Dal Bó, and Jason Snyder. Political Dynasties. Review of Economic Studies.
- Ernesto Dal Bó. Bribing Voters. American Journal of Political Science.
- Ernesto Dal Bó. Regulatory Capture: A Review. Oxford Review of Economic Policy.
- Ernesto Dal Bó, Pedro Dal Bó, and Rafael Di Tella. Plata o Plomo [Silver or Lead]?: Bribe and Punishment in a Theory of Political Influence. American Political Science Review.
- Journal of Political Economy. Capture by Threat. Ernesto Dal Bó and Rafael Di Tella.
At Haas since 2003
2013 – present, Phillips Girgich Professor of Business, Haas School of Business
2008 – present, Associate Professor of Political Science, Travers Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley
2010 – 2013, Harold Furst Chair in Management Philosophy and Values, Haas School of Business
2008 – 2010, Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy, Haas School of Business
2007 – 2008, Associate Professor of Political Economy, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
2004 – 2007, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Travers Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley
2003 – 2007, Assistant Professor of Business and Public Policy, Haas School of Business
- Co-Director: Berkeley Center for Economics and Politics (BCEP)
- Faculty Board: Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA)
- Research Associate – National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
- Research Affiliate – International Growth Centre (IGC)
Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching
Hellman Family Faculty Fund Award
Schwabacher Fellowship Award
Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Full-Time MBA Program
Special Mention, Earl Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award, PhD
J. Rank and C.A.W. Manning Junior Research Fellowship in Social Studies
New College, Oxford
Royal Economic Society Fellowship (Recipient)
- Corporate Responsibility and The Two Minds of Milton Friedman, ProMarket, 11/16/2020
- Why People Vote for Counterproductive Policies, The Atlantic, 12/26/2016
- UC Berkeley professors, alumni create startup to combat money in politics, The Daily Californian, 01/11/2016
- Political Economy, Berkeley Haas PhD program
- States, Elites, and Bureaucracies, Political Science PhD program
- Ethics and Responsible Business Leadership, MBA and EWMBA programs