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Research Interests


Dr Aidt's research areas are Public Choice and Political Economics. His work focuses on four main themes: The causes and consequences of democratization; development and corruption; political business cycles; and the political economy of environmental policy.

Biography


Ph.D. from the University of Aarhus (1998); Editor of the European Journal of Political Economy; on the editorial board of Public Choice and Constitutional Political Economy; awarded the Wicksell Prize (1999) by the European Public Choice Society and the Pilkington Prize (2007) for excellence in teaching by the University of Cambridge. Past-president of the European Public Choice Society (2013-15) and a current member of the Syndicate of the Cambridge University Press. Director of Studies in Economics at Jesus College since 1998.

Recent Publications


Published Papers

Aidt, T. S. and Leon, G. The Role of Structural Factors and Diffusion in Social Unrest: Evidence from the Swing Riots, British Journal of Political Science, accepted (2020)
Aidt, T. S., Leon, G. and Max Satchell The Social Dynamics of Collective Action: Evidence from the Diffusion of the Swing Riots, The Journal of Politics, accepted (2020)
Aidt, T. S. Review of Forging the Franchise: The Political Origins of the Women's Vote, Journal of Economic Literature, forthcoming (2020)
Aidt, T. S., Albornoz, F. and Hauk, E. Foreign Influence and Domestic Policy, Journal of Economic Literature, forthcoming (2020)
Aidt, T. S., Hillman, A. and Liu, Q. Who takes bribes and how much? Evidence from the China Corruption Conviction Databank, World Development vol 133 no. 104985 (2020)
Aidt, T., Grey, F., Savu, A. The Meaningful Votes: Voting on Brexit in the British House of Commons, Public Choice, accepted (2020)
Aidt, T. S., Asatryan, Z., Badalyan, L. and Heinemann, F. Vote Buying or (Political) Business (Cycles) as Usual?, Review of Economics and Statistics vol 102 no. 3 (2020) pp. 409-425
Aidt, T. S. and Franck, R. What motivates and oligarchic elite to democratize? Evidence from the roll call vote on the Great Reform Act of 1832, Journal of Economic History vol 79(3) (2019) pp. 773-825

Cambridge Working Papers in Economics

Aidt, T., Winer, S., Zhang, P. Franchise extension and fiscal structure in the United Kingdom 1820-1913: A new test of the Redistribution Hypothesis, (2020) CWPE2008
Aidt, T., Grey, F., Savu, A. The Three Meaningful Votes: Voting on Brexit in the British House of Commons, (2019) CWPE1979
Aidt, T., Rauh, C. The Rise of the “No Party” in England, (2019) CWPE1977
Aidt, T. S., Albornoz, F. and Hauk, E. Foreign in influence and domestic policy: A survey, (2019) CWPE1928
Aidt, T. S., Leon, G. and Satchell, M. The Social Dynamics of Collective Action: Evidence from the Captain Swing Riots, 1830-31, (2017) CWPE1751

Chapter in Book

Aidt, T.S. Corruption, (2018) in the book: Oxford handbook of public choice - Oxford University Press
Aidt, T.S. and Leon, G. The coup: competition for office in authoritarian regimes, (2018) in the book: Oxford handbook of public choice - Oxford University Press
Aidt, T. S. Political economy of instrument choice, (2013) in the book: Encyclopedia of energy, natural resource, and environmental economics - Elsevier Science

Research Activities


Teaching, Learning & Innovation Fund Award
Dr. Toke Aidt, Mr. Oleg Kitov and Dr. Vasileios Kotsidis have been awarded a grant by the Teaching, Learning & Innovation Fund (TLIF). Their project is titled "Learning By Doing: Introducing Practice Tests and Sustainable Feedback in the Economics Tripos".
Published on - Monday 5th October 2020

Keynes Fund Research Day 2020
The Keynes Fund will hold their 7th Research Day will take place on Wednesday 30th September 2020, between 1.00pm - 4.30pm. This will be a virtual event. Please see the Keynes Fund website for the programme, how to access the event and to register your interest.
Published on - Wednesday 29th January 2020

Breaking the Brexit impasse with indicative votes in Parliament
The House of Commons may be called upon to hold indicative votes on different Brexit options this week. How should this be organized to achieve a fair, legitimate and democratic outcome? Dr. Toke Aidt, Professor Hamid Sabourian and Professor Jagjit Chadha propose a way to break the impasse.
Published on - Monday 25th March 2019

How to Find Out What MPs Really Want
Dr. Toke Aidt, Professor Hamid Sabourian and Professor Jagjit Chadha have published an article for Prospect Magazine that looks into how a series of indicative votes could be used to break the Brexit deadlock in Parliament.
Published on - Tuesday 19th March 2019

Breaking the Brexit impasse
Dr. Toke Aidt, Professor Hamid Sabourian and Professor Jagjit Chadha have published an article for VOXeu titled "Breaking the Brexit impasse: Achieving a fair, legitimate and democratic outcome", that looks at using a sequential voting system to make the democratic process fair to all views.
Published on - Friday 11th January 2019

Research Grants


Democratic purges in post-World War II France: Was it all about separating the wheat from the chaff? (British Academy)
Riots And The Great Reform Act Of 1832 (British Academy)
International dimension of political regime dynamics (Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC))
Voting Rights And Public Policy (Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC))
Economic Policy and Political Myopia (Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC))

Keynes Fund Affiliation & Sponsored Projects


Director of the Keynes Fund

Aidt, T., Political Representation, Market Failure and Public Policy: A Long-run Study of the United Kingdom (JHOA)
Aidt, T., Shaw-Taylor, L. and Davenport, R., Market Failures and State Successes in Public Health and Highways 1830-1912 (JHOM)

Teaching


PIIB Paper 1 - Michaelmas - Second Best Theory
PIIB Paper 1 - Lent - Social cost benefit and analysis
PIIB Paper 5 - Michaelmas - General-interest politics - Voting and elections
PIIB Paper 5 - Michaelmas - Special-interest politics: Bargaining, Lobbying & Corruption
PIIB Paper 5 - Lent - Institutions & Public Policy
PIIB Paper 7 - Lent - Environmental Regulation
E100 - Microeconomics


PhD Students


Supervisor

Su-Min Lee
PhD Title: Elections, Economic Policy, and Political Representation
Research: Empirical Microeconomics, Political Economics, Applied Microeconomics
Alexandru Savu
PhD Title: Political causes of reform ineffectiveness in non-advanced economies
Research: Empirical Political and Development Economics

Advisor

Emile Marin
PhD Title: The Hegemon's Dilemma : Intertemporal terms of trade manipulation and expenditure-switching.
Research:
Sarah Nelson
Affiliation: (Department of Engineering): Material demand reduction.
Research: Environmental Economics and Political Economy
Sam van Noort
Affiliation: Centre of Development Studies (CDS)
Research: Economic Development in Comparative Perspective

Dr Toke Aidt













University Reader
Director of the Keynes Fund

Research Group:
Empirical Microeconomics
Economic History

Expertise: Corruption

CV: Curriculum Vitae



Contact Details
Email: tsa23@econ.cam.ac.uk
Room: 21
Office Hours: Mondays 12-1pm
College: Fellow of Jesus College