Economics serving society
Irena Grosfeld

Irena Grosfeld

PSE Emeritus Professor

Senior Researcher CNRS

William Davidson Institute

Campus Jourdan – 48 Boulevard Jourdan 75014 Paris

  • Political Economy and Institutions
  • Political economy of development
  • Structural Change, Inequalities and Development

Selected publications

Selected publications

Forced Migration and Human Capital: Evidence from Post-WWII Population Transfers. (with Sascha Becker, Pauline Grosjean, Nico Voigtländer, and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya). American Economic Review, 110(5): 1430-1463, 2020. A column in VoxEu

Middleman Minorities and Ethnic Conflict: Anti-Jewish Pogroms in the Russian Empire. (with  Seyhun Orcan Sakalli and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya), Review of Economic Studies, 87(1): 289-342, 2020.  A column in VoxEu

The Pale of Jewish settlement and persistent anti-market culture (with Ekaterina Zhuravskaya). In S. Michalopoulos and E. Papaioannou (eds.). The Long Economic and Political Shadow of History, vol III. Europe and Americas. March 2017.

Cultural vs economic legacies of empires: Evidence from the partition of Poland. (with Ekaterina Zhuravskaya). Journal of Comparative Economics, 43: 55-75, 2015. Montias Prize of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies for the best article published in the Journal of Comparative Economics in 2014 and 2015. A column in  VoxEu replication_file

Persistent anti-market culture: a legacy of the Pale of settlement after the Holocaust. (with Alexander Rodnyansky and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya). American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 5 (3): 189-226, 2013. 

The emerging aversion to inequality: Evidence from Poland 1992-2005. (with Claudia Senik). Economics of Transition, 18 (1): 1-26, 2010. 

Large shareholders and firm value : Are high-tech firms different ? Economic Systems, 33 (3) : 259-277, 2009.

Changes in ownership concentration in mass privatised firms : Evidence from Poland and the Czech Republic. (with Iraj Hashi). Corporate Governance. An International Review, 15 (4): 529-543, 2007.

Competition and ownership structure: Substitutes or complements? Evidence from the Warsaw Stock Exchange. (with Thierry Tressel), Economics of Transition, 10 (3): 525-551, 2002.

Investment and finance in de novo private firms: empirical results from the Czech Republic,Hungary and Poland. (with A. Bratkowski and J. Rostowski). Economics of Transition, 8 (1): 101-116, 2000.

Insiders and wage setting in transition: evidence from a panel of large Polish firms, 1988-1994. (with Jean-François Nivet), European Economic Review, 43, 1999. 

Financial systems in transition: the role of banks in corporate governance". In K. Gupta, (ed.), Experiences with Financial Liberalization, Kluwer Academic Publisher, 1997.

Defensive and strategic restructuring in Central European enterprises. (with Gérard Roland). Emergo, Journal of Transforming Economies and Societies, 3(4), 1996.

Privatization of state-enterprises in Eastern Europe: the search for a market environmentEast European Politics and Societies,  5 (1): 142-161, 1991.

Reform economics and western economic theory: unexploited opportunities. Economics of Planning, 23: 1-19, 1990.

Modelling planners' investment behavior. Poland: 1956 - 1980. Journal of Comparative Economics, 11 (3): 180-191, 1986.

Endogenous planners and the investment cycle in centrally planned economies. Comparative Economic Studies,  28 (1):  42-53, 1986.


Working papers

Independent media, propaganda and religiosity: Evidence from Poland (co-authored with Etienne Madinier, Seyhun Orcan Sakalli, and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya). American Economic Journal, revise and re-submit. This draft: October 2022.