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Oana Borcan is an Associate Professor in Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Gothenburg.
Oana’s research joins policy-relevant topics in political economy and development economics. One strand of her research focuses on the quality and integrity of public service provision, from education or health care to elections. Using field, lab-in-the-field experiments, quasi-experimental designs and behavioural insights, she has investigated the factors that motivate public servants such as school managers and police officers, as well as market participants. Her other research strand is long-run economic development, where she has contributed new data and insights in the relationship between the deep determinants of economic growth, like the Neolithic transition to agriculture, the accumulated experience of state institutions throughout history and economic performance. Oana’s research has been published in top journals, such as the Journal of Public Economics, the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and the Journal of Economic Growth.
You can read more about Oana's research, teaching and interests on her webpage: www.oanaborcan.com
PhD Supervision Interests
Oana specialises in applied microeconomics, working on topics in Political Economy, Development Economics and Public Economics, such as education, voting, corruption and long-run economic growth. She will gladly supervise students interested in empirical work in these fields, particularly on policy evaluation and estimating causal relationships. Expect to learn popular research designs such as regression discontinuity and difference-in-differences, but also to get guidance on field experiments.
Areas of Expertise
Public economics, development economics, behavioural economics, political economy, applied microeconometrics, quality of government, motivation and incentives, human capital.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Doctor of Philosophy, Gothenburg University
2010 → 2015
Award Date: 6 Nov 2015
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Better Targeting Behaviour Change Interventions Using Decision-Making Characteristics
Patel, A., Borcan, O. & Turocy, T.
1/09/22 → 29/02/24
Politics in hospitals: how partisan managers affect patient outcomes
14/10/19 → 13/12/21
Transition to agriculture and first state presence: A global analysisBorcan, O., Olsson, O. & Putterman, L., Oct 2021, In: Explorations in Economic History. 82, 101404.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Citations (Scopus)
The illicit benefits of local party alignment in national electionsBorcan, O., Nov 2020, In: The Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. 36, 3, p. 461–494 34 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)1 Downloads (Pure)
State history and economic development: evidence from six millenniaBorcan, O., Olsson, O. & Putterman, L., Mar 2018, In: Journal of Economic Growth. 23, 1, p. 1-40
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile68 Citations (Scopus)20 Downloads (Pure)
Fighting corruption in education: What works and who benefits?Borcan, O., Lindahl, M. & Mitrut, A., 1 Feb 2017, In: American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. 9, 1, p. 180-209 30 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile27 Citations (Scopus)41 Downloads (Pure)
The impact of an unexpected wage cut on corruption: Evidence from a “Xeroxed” examBorcan, O., Lindahl, M. & Mitrut, A., Dec 2014, In: Journal of Public Economics. 120, p. 32-47 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile18 Citations (Scopus)14 Downloads (Pure)