Alexey Makarin


Assistant Professor in Applied Economics, MIT Sloan School of Management
Assistant Professor, Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (on leave)
Research Affiliate, CEPR POE


Northwestern University, Ph.D., 2019
Northwestern University, M.A., 2014
Higher School of Economics, Moscow, B.A., 2012


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Research Interests

Political Economy, Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics


“Conflict and Inter-Group Trade: Evidence from the 2014 Russia-Ukraine Crisis“, with Vasily Korovkin, American Economic Review, forthcoming.

“Social Media and Mental Health”, with Luca Braghieri and Ro’ee Levy, American Economic Review, November 2022, 112(11), pp. 3660–3693.

“Divided We Stay Home: Social Distancing and Ethnic Diversity”, with Georgy Egorov, Ruben Enikolopov, and Maria Petrova, Journal of Public Economics, February 2021, 194.

“Social Media and Protest Participation: Evidence from Russia”, with Ruben Enikolopov and Maria Petrova, Econometrica, July 2020, 88(4), pp. 1479–1514.

“National or Sub-National Parties: Does Party Geographic Scope Matter?”, with Ricardo Pique and Fernando Aragon, Journal of Development Economics, September 2020, 146.

“Can Online Off-The-Shelf Lessons Improve Student Outcomes? Evidence from A Field Experiment”, with Kirabo Jackson, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, August 2018, 10(3), pp. 226–254.

Working Papers

“Production Networks and War: Evidence from Ukraine” with Vasily Korovkin

“The Political Legacy of Nazi Annexation” with Mario Cannella and Ricardo Pique

“Affinity, Trust, and Information” with Luigi Guiso

“Social Image, Networks, and Protest Participation” with Ruben Enikolopov, Maria Petrova, and Leonid Polishchuk


E-mail: alexey.makarin[at]

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