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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.


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. and Rauh, C. The Big Five personality traits and partisanship in England, (2018) Electoral Studies
Aidt, T.S., Castro, V. and Martins, R. Shades of red and blue: government ideology and sustainable development, (2018) Public Choice
Aidt, T.S., Lili, J. and Low, H. Are prices enough? The economics of material demand reduction, (2017) Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A : Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Aidt, T.S., Albornoz, F. and Gassebner, M. The golden hello and political transitions, (2017) Journal of Comparative Economics
Aidt, T. S. and Jensen,P. S. From open to secret ballot: vote buying and modernization, (2017) Comparative Political Studies

Cambridge Working Papers in Economics

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
Aidt, T. S. and Leon, G. The Democratic Window of Opportunity: Evidence from Riots in sub-Saharan Africa, (2014) CWPE1417

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 - 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.

Workshop in Political Economics - Publication Date: 2017-10-30
Cambridge-INET are hosting a Workshop in Political Economics in Cranmer Room, Jesus College, Cambridge on Monday 6th November 2017, between 10.00am - 5.00pm.

Mini Conference: Political economics - Publication Date: 2017-03-22
Rubin Enikolopov, Claudio Ferraz and Stephane Wolton will all be speaking at a mini conference on Political Economics. This will be held on 4th May, between 1.30pm and 5.00pm, in Keynes Room, Faculty of Economics.

Research Grants

Riots And The Great Reform Act Of 1832 (BRITISH ACADEMY)
Esrc - Large Grant (T. Aidt - University Of Birmingham Lead) (UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM (FB ESRC))
Voting Rights And Public Policy (ESRC)

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)


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


Su-Min Lee
PhD Title: Individual and Party Electoral Incentives in Distributive Politics


Peng Zhang
PhD Title: Higher Education Expansion and Integrational Mobility in Contemporary China
Research: Development Economics, Labour Economics, Economic Geography
Emile Marin
PhD Title: The Hegemon's Dilemma : Intertemporal terms of trade manipulation and expenditure-switching.

Dr Toke Aidt

University Reader

Research Group:
Empirical Microeconomics
Economic History

Expertise: Corruption

CV: Curriculum Vitae

Contact Details
Room: 31
Office Hours: Mondays 12-1pm
College: Fellow of Jesus College