Andrea Vindigni is Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He was previously Assistant Professor of Economics at the Institute of International Economic (IIES) at Stockholm University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Toulouse, and has been a Post-doctoral Fellow at MIT. His research interests focus on the political economy of a broad class of institutions. In particular, he has written on the political determinants of job protection legislation, on the political economy of democratic constitutional choice, on the effects of wars on political institutions and democratic transitions, and more recently on the political and economic origins of state power and of military dictatorships. He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2002.