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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 Jensen,P.S. From open to secret ballot: vote buying and modernization, (2017) Comparative Political Studies
Aidt, T.S. Rent seeking and the economics of corruption, (2016) Constitutional Political Economy
Aidt, T.S. and Leon,G.J. The democratic window of opportunity: evidence from riots in sub-Saharan Africa, (2016) Journal of Conflict Resolution
Aidt, T.S. and Dutta, J. Fiscal federalism and electoral accountability, (2015) Journal of Public Economic Theory
Aidt, T.S. and Franck, R. Democratization under the threat of revolution: evidence from the Great Reform Act of 1832, (2015) Econometrica

Cambridge Working Papers in Economics

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. and Leon, G. The Democratic Window of Opportunity: Evidence from Riots in sub-Saharan Africa, (2014) CWPE1417
Aidt, T. and Hwang, U. To Ban or Not to Ban: Foreign Lobbying and Cross National Externalities, (2014) CWPE1402
Aidt, T. and Mooney, G. Voter suffrage and the political budget cycle: evidence from the London Metropolitan Boroughs 1902-1937, (2014) CWPE1401

Chapter in Book

Aidt, T. S. Political economy of instrument choice, (2013) in the book: Encyclopedia of energy, natural resource, and environmental economics - Elsevier Science

Recent Activities


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.

The Annual Meeting of the European Public Choice Society will take place in Cambridge April 3-6 2014. - Publication Date: 2013-11-18
The European Public Choice Society promotes scientific research on the economics and politics of public and non-market decision-making, political economy and the economics of institutions. The annual meeting brings together about 250 researchers with a shared interest in Public Choice.

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 (JHOA)
Market Failures and State Successes in Public Health and Highways 1830-1912 with 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


PhD Students


Supervisor

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

Advisor

Peng Zhang
PhD Title: Higher Education Expansion and Integrational Mobility in Contemporary China
Research: Development Economics, Labour Economics, Economic Geography
Emile Marin
PhD Title: Self-fulfilling Crises and Country Solidarity
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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: 31
Office Hours: Mondays 12-1pm
College: Fellow of Jesus College