In my research I am interested in exploring determinants of long run economic growth and behavior of economies in transition. In this context I focus on public policy and the way governments can affect welfare and growth through taxation and the provision of public goods (such as in infrastructure) with different productive characteristics. I apply the theory concerning the effects on growth of R&D, learning, structural change, international trade, and public capital to different historical episodes. In the case of post WWII Europe, I quantify the direct contribution of these factors to growth using calibration methods.
Most recently I have been concerned with how different types of externalities (in leisure, consumption and/or income) affect economic growth and optimal public policy. In my ongoing research I attempt to apply these concepts to explore the evolution of female labor force participation and female welfare during the 20th century.