Jesse Shapiro

George S. and Nancy B. Parker Professor of Economics

Background

Prior to joining Brown University and the PSTC in 2015, Jesse Shapiro was the Chookaszian Family Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His research addresses industrial organization, political economy, and behavioral economics. 

Shapiro received his BA in economics in 2001 and his PhD in economics in 2005 from Harvard University. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a former editor of the Journal of Political Economy. He was a 2011-12 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.

Selected Publications

“Greater Internet Use Is Not Associated with Faster Growth in Political Polarization among US Demographic Groups” (with Levi Boxell and Matthew Gentzkow). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, October 2017.

“Special interests and the Media: Theory and an Application to Climate Change.” Journal of Public Economics, December 2016.

“Do Pharmacists Buy Bayer? Informed Shoppers and the Brand Premium” (with Bart Bronnenberg, Jean-Pierre Dubé, and Matthew Gentzkow). Quarterly Journal of Economics, November 2015.

“Competition and Ideological Diversity: Historical Evidence from U.S. Newspapers” (with Matthew Gentzkow and Michael Sinkinson). American Economic Review, October 2014.

“Fungibility and Consumer Choice: Evidence from Commodity Price Shocks” (with Justine Hastings). Quarterly Journal of Economics, November 2013.

Interests

Industrial organization, Political economy