Luca J. Uberti

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  • Political Economy of Development
  • Institutional Economics
  • Post-socialist Transition
  • Balkan region (Albania, Kosovo)
  • Applied Statistics

I am interested in the institutional and political drivers of structural transformation and economic development. In particular, my past research has looked at the role of informal institutions (including corruption), rents and industrial policy in driving patterns of comparative economic growth, both across countries and at the sub-national level. I am currently working as part of the DEEPI Project at UiO ("Disentangling the Economic Effects of Political Institutions"). Amongst other things, DEEPI has compiled the Historical Varieties of Democracy (HVDEM) dataset, an innovative data source with institutional indicators coded as far back as 1789. A parallel strand of my work investigates the historical origins of institutions and cultural norms (including corruption and gender norms). In this area of work, I am particularly interested in estimating empirically the relative influence of short- vs. long-run determinants of institutional change. Geographically, my region of interest is the "European super-periphery" (to use Will Bartlett's phrase) and my PhD thesis (titled "Good Governance, Corruption and Growth: A Political Economy of Post-Socialist Industrial Transformation") has looked at processes of economic and political transition in Albania and Kosovo. I have also been involved in development policy work with international organisations such as the EU and USAID, and I have extensive fieldowork research experience in the Balkan region. I am fluent in the Albanian language.



I am not involved in teaching at the moment. At the University of Otago (New Zealand), I taught a course on the "Politics of Corruption" (POLS 330) and provided teaching assistance for an undergraduate course module in political economy.


PhD, University of Otago, New Zealand (2017)

MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK (2011)

BSc, King's College London, UK (2009)



Tags: Development, Corruption, Global South, Institutions, Growth and Development, transition processes, Postkommunisme


"Corruption in Transition Economies: Socialist, Ottoman or Structural?", Economic Systems, early view Data (xls) Replication File (do)

"Political Business Cycles and Construction Licensing: Evidence from Post-Socialist Tirana, Albania (1994-2015), Economics of Transition, 26(3): 523-52 (with Endrit Lami, Drini Imami and Edvin Zhllima) Data (xls) Replication File (do) 

"Election Cycles in Mining Licensing: Theory and Evidence from Albania", Post-Communist Economies (2018), 30(1): 99-116 (with Drini Imami and Endrit Lami)  Data (xls) Replication File (do)

"Stata tip 128: Marginal Effects in Log-Transformed Models: A Trade Application", Stata Journal (2017), 17 (3): 774-8

“Can Institutional Reforms Reduce Corruption? Economic Theory and Patron-Client Politics in Developing Countries”, Development and Change (2016), 47(2): 317-45

“The ‘Sociological Turn’ in Corruption Studies”, Progress in Development Studies (2016), 16(3): 261-77

“Depoliticising the Balkans? International Intervention(s) and Economic Development in Kosovo”, Capital and Class (2015), 39(2): 379-86

“Is Separation of Powers a Remedy for the Resource Curse? Firm-Licensing, Corruption and Mining Development in Post- War Kosovo”, New Political Economy (2014), 19(5): 695-722

“Neo-liberalism and Industrial Policy in Kosovo: The Mining and Metals Industry in the Post-war Transition”, East-European Politics (2014), 30(4): 482-506

Published Oct. 10, 2017 2:50 PM - Last modified Aug. 17, 2018 1:34 PM