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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 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, forthcoming (2019)
Aidt, T. S., Asatryan, Z., Badalyan, L. and Heinemann, F. Vote Buying or (Political) Business (Cycles) as Usual?, Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming (2019) pp. 1-45
Aidt, T.S., Chadha, J.S. and Sabourian, H. Breaking the Brexit impasse: Achieving a fair, legitimate and democratic outcome, National Institute Economic Review vol 247(1) (2019) pp. F4-F11
Aidt, T. S. and Rauh, C. The Big Five personality traits and partisanship in England, Electoral Studies vol 54 (2018) pp. 1-21
Aidt, T.S., Castro, V. and Martins, R. Shades of red and blue: government ideology and sustainable development, Public Choice (2018) pp. 1-21

Cambridge Working Papers in Economics

Toke S. Aidt, Facundo Albornoz, Esther Hauk 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
Aidt, T. S. and Rauh, C. The Big Five personality traits and partisanship in England, (2017) CWPE1745
Aidt, T. S. Rent seeking and the economics of corruption, (2016) CWPE1621
Aidt, T. S., Castro, V. and Martins, R. Shades of red and blue: Political ideology and sustainable development, (2016) CWPE1635

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


Breaking the Brexit impasse with indicative votes in Parliament - Publication Date: 2019-03-25
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.

How to Find Out What MPs Really Want - Publication Date: 2019-03-19
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.

Breaking the Brexit impasse - Publication Date: 2019-01-11
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.

The New Malthusianism: A Symposium - Publication Date: 2018-10-18
On the occasion of the 220th anniversary of Thomas Malthus’ Essay on Population, a small workshop will be convened at his Cambridge College to consider more recent explorations of Malthus and Malthusianism. Dr. Toke Aidt and Professor Tim Swanson are organising the event on the 12th - 13th December 2018, in the Webb Library, Jesus College, Cambridge University. MAVA Foundation, Switzerland and INET-Cambridge will be sponsoring the event.

Democratic Purges in Post-World War II France Grant - Publication Date: 2018-10-17
Dr. Toke Aidt in collaboration with colleagues at the Université libre de Bruxelles wins British Academy/ Leverhulme grant to study democratic purges in post-World War II France.

Research Grants


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

Keynes Fund Sponsored Projects


Political Representation, Market Failure and Public Policy: A Long-run Study of the United Kingdom Aidt, T. (JHOA) Project Summary and Output
Market Failures and State Successes in Public Health and Highways 1830-1912 with Aidt, T., Shaw-Taylor, L. and Davenport, R. (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: Individual and Party Electoral Incentives in Distributive Politics
Research:
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

Research Group:
Empirical Microeconomics
Economic History

Expertise: Corruption

CV: Curriculum Vitae



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