Davide Ticchi is Professor of Economics at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca.
He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the University Pompeu Fabra in 2004. His recent
research interests focus on the political economy of institutional choice and of
inefficient state organizations, the role of the military on politics and the effects of
wars on political institutions and regime transitions. He has studied the effect of
uncertainty on investment. 



An Economic Analysis of Judicial Careers (with Paolo Polidori and Désirée Teobaldelli), Rivista Italiana degli Economisti (2012)

The aim of this paper is to analyze from an economic perspective the effects of...



Emergence and Persistence of Inefficient States (with Daron Acemoglu and Andrea Vindigni), Journal of the European Economic Association (2011)

We present a theory of the emergence and persistence of inefficient states based on patronage...



Persistence of Civil Wars (with Daron Acemoglu and Andrea Vindigni), Journal of the European Economic Association (2010)

A notable feature of post-World War II civil wars is their very long average duration....



Endogenous Constitutions (with Andrea Vindigni), Economic Journal (2010)

We present a theory of the choice of alternative democratic constitutions, a majoritarian or a...



A Theory of Military Dictatorships (with Daron Acemoglu and Andrea Vindigni), American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics (2010)

We investigate how nondemocratic regimes use the military and how this can lead to the...


Unpublished Papers


Forbidden Fruits: The Political Economy of Science, Religion, and Growth (with Roland Bénabou and Andrea Vindigni) (2013)

This paper analyzes the joint dynamics of religious beliefs and scientific-economic development. It emphasizes in...



Democracy, Dictatorship and the Cultural Transmission of Political Values (with Thierry Verdier and Andrea Vindigni), Mimeo, IMT Lucca (2013)

develop a theory of endogenous regimes transitions (with a focus on democratic consolidation), which emphasizes...



A Theory of Political Entrenchment (with Gilles Saint-Paul and Andrea Vindigni) (2012)

We develop a theory of endogenous political entrenchment in a simple two-party dynamic model of...



War and Endogenous Democracy (with Andrea Vindigni), IZA Discussion Paper No. 3397, March 2008. (2008)

Many episodes of extension of franchise in the 19th and especially in the 20th century...



On Wars and Political Development. The Role of International Conflicts in the Democratization of the West (with Andrea Vindigni), Princeton University, Research Program in Political Economy, Working Paper, 2006. (2006)

The revised version of this paper has a new title: "War and Endogenous Democracy"