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Arianna Ornaghi


Contact details

Phone: +44 (0)2476 982195


Websites: Personal Website | MIT Website

I am a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Warwick. I graduated from MIT in 2017 with a PhD in Economics.

I am an applied microeconomist who specializes in empirical political economy. In particular, my research aims at improving our understanding of what forces influence the behavior of public officials.

In August 2021, I will join the Hertie School in Berlin as an Assistant Professor of Economics.

You can find my CV here.



"Who Watches the Watchmen? Local News and Police Behavior in the United States" joint with Nicola Mastrorocco (Trinity College Dublin). November 2020. (Job Market Paper)

Winner of the European Economic Association Young Economist Award 2020.

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"Gender Attitudes in the Judiciary: Evidence from U.S. Circuit Courts" with Elliott Ash (ETH Zurich) and Daniel L. Chen (Toulouse School of Economics). February 2021.

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"The Challenges of Universal Health Insurance in Developing Countries: Evidence from a Large Scale Randomized Experiment in Indonesia" with Abhijit Banerjee (MIT), Amy Finkelstein (MIT), Rema Hanna (Harvard University), Ben Olken (MIT) and Sudarno Sumarto (TNP2K and SMERU). January 2021.

Revised & Resubmitted at the American Economic Review.

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"Closing Time: the Local Amenities Effect of Prohibition" with Greg Howard (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign). February 2021.

Revised & Resubmitted at the Journal of Economic History.

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"Civil Service Reforms: Evidence from U.S. Police Departments." July 2019.

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Teaching Experience


Undergraduate Dissertation Supervision, University of Warwick (2018-2019, 2019-2020)

MSc Dissertation Supervision, University of Warwick (2018-2019)


Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant for edX Data Analysis for Social Sciences, MIT (2016-2017)

Teaching Assistant for Graduate Political Economy, MIT (2016-2017)

Teaching Assistant for Principles of Microeconomics, MIT (2015-2016)

Teaching Assistant for the JPAL Summer Executive Education Program, MIT (2015)


Teaching Training

Kauffman Teaching Certificate Program, MIT (2016)



Prof. Daron Acemoglu

Prof. Mirko Draca

Prof. Ben Olken