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Joachim Voth

Visiting Professor and Baxter Fellow
Haas Business and Public Policy Group
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Academic Status: On duty
Personal Homepage: www.jvoth.com
Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)


D.Phil. Economic History, Nuffield College, Oxford 1996
M.Sc. Economic History, St. Antony’s College, Oxford, 1993

Positions Held

2015- UBS Professor of Macroeconomics and Financial Markets, University of Zurich

2014- Professor of Development Economics, University of Zurich

2005- ICREA Research Chair, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

2004-05 Visiting Professor, Stern School of Business, NYU

2003-05 Full Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

2001-02, 03-04 Visiting Professor, MIT

2001-03 Associate Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

1999-2003 Deputy Director, Center for History and Economics, King’s College, Cambridge

1998-2001 Assistant Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

1997-98 Visiting Assistant Professor, Stanford

1995-96 Research Fellow, Clare College, Cambridge

External Service and Assignments

Joint managing editor, The Economic Journal, 2015-

Editor, Explorations in Economic History, 2012-15

Editor, European Review of Economic History, 2008-12

Associate Editor, Quarterly Journal of Economics (from 2011).

Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Growth (from 2012).

Advisor to the German Stock Exchange, 1999-2005

Senior Associate, McKinsey & Co., Inc. 1997-98

Current Research and Interests

  • Long-run growth
  • Origins of ethnic conflict
  • Persistence and change of cultural attitudes

Selected Papers and Publications

  • 2016 ‘Leverage and Beliefs: Personal Experience and Risk Taking’ [with Peter Koudijs]. forthcoming, American Economic Review.
  • 2016 ‘Bowling for Fascism: Social Capital and the Rise of the Nazi Party’ [with Shanker Satyanath, Nico Voigtländer]. forthcoming, Journal of Political Economy.
  • 2015 ‘State Capacity and Military Conflict’ [with Nicola Gennaioli]. Review of Economic Studies 82(4): 1409-1448.
  • 2013 ‘How the West ‘Invented’ Fertility Restriction’ [with Nico Voigtländer], American Economic Review 103(6): 2227–2264.
  • 2013 ‘The Three Horsemen of Riches: Plague, War and Urbanization in Early Modern Europe’ [with Nico Voigtländer], Review of Economic Studies 80: 774-811.
  • 2012 ‘Persecution Perpetuated: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Semitic Violence in Nazi Germany’ [with Nico Voigtländer], Quarterly Journal of Economics 127(3): 1339-1392.
  • 2008 ‘Betting on Hitler: The Value of Political Connections in Nazi Germany’ [with Thomas Ferguson], Quarterly Journal of Economics 123(1): 101–137.


  • Econ 260 – Fall 2016 – Transition Economics (joint with Gerard Roland)
  • Econ 210b – Spring 2017 – The Research Frontier in Economic History (joint with Brad DeLong)
  • Research Methods – Spring 2017 (joint with Noam Yuchtman).

Honors and Awards

  • Sir John Hicks Memorial Lecture, Oxford (2016)
  • Hong Kong Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) Distinguished Lecture (2015)
  • Albert Hirschman Award for ‘Austerity and Anarchy’ [with Jacopo Ponticelli] awarded by Foreign Policy for best writing in global political economy (2011)
  • Advanced Investigator Grant, awarded by the European Research Council (ERC), for the project Asset Returns in Times of Insecurity (€ 2.1 mio, 2009-2014)
  • Explorations Prize for the Best Article in 2010-11 in Explorations in Economic History (joint with Mauricio Drelichman)
  • R.H. Tawney Memorial Lecture, Economic History Society Annual Conference, Cambridge, UK (April 2011)
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (from 2009)
  • Gino Luzzatto Prize, awarded by the European Historical Economics Society for the best dissertation in economic history (1996-1999)
  • Alexander Gerschenkron Prize, awarded by the Economic History Association for the outstanding dissertation in international economic history (1996)

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