Gerard Padró i Miquel

Gerard is a Professor of Economics at LSE, an affiliate of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, and an Associate of the STICERD Economic Organisation and Public Policy programme.

He is interested in the political economy of developing countries and has published work on the ethnic underpinnings of dictatorships and civil war.

Content by Gerard Padró i Miquel
  • Publication - Project Report

    State capacity in Punjab’s local governments: Benchmarking existing deficits

    As the developing world urbanises, there is increasing pressure to provide local public goods and local governments are expected to play an important role in their provision. However, there is little work on the nature of capacity deficits faced by local governments and whether these deficits are acting as a constraint on performance. We use financial accounts data from...

    25 Aug 2020 | Gharad Bryan, Ali Cheema, Ameera Jamal, Asad Liaqat, Gerard Padró i Miquel

  • Project

    Effect of capacity in delivery of urban services

    As the developing world urbanises, there is increasing pressure to provide local public goods that allow people to live in dense communities. In Pakistan, this pressure is exacerbated by the rapid rate of urbanisation - by 2050, the urban share of the population is projected to be 60%. Therefore, a robust local government network is needed for the provision of essential...

    27 Nov 2019 | Gharad Bryan, Gerard Padró i Miquel, Adnan Khan, Ali Cheema

  • Project

    The value of democracy: Evidence from road building in Kenya

    Just how significant is ethnic favouritism in Africa? It’s a common aspect of Africa’s perception and many of the continents ills have been blamed on it. Yet, it has been quite difficult to find concrete evidence of this behaviour. So how much does it actually exist and what are the effects? We look at the case of Kenya and find strong empirical evidence of ethnic...

    4 Sep 2014 | Robin Burgess, Remi Jedwab, Edward Miguel, Ameet Morjaria, Gerard Padró i Miquel

  • Publication - Evidence Paper

    IGC Evidence Paper - State

    In a sizable number of developing countries, the public sector fails to provide many, if not most, critical public goods necessary for economic development. The presence of a well-functioning state is key to encouraging economic growth. Part of this concerns having a public sector that has the capacity to raise revenues and spend them effectively; and that policymakers...

    2 Sep 2014 | Oriana Bandiera, Henrik Kleven, Eliana La Ferrara, Gerard Padró i Miquel, Michelle Tejada, Michel Azulai, Florian Blum