The Populism RPN was established in March 2019. The network has been merged in October 2022 with the CEPR Political Economy Programme (POE), with which the RPN has cooperated closely,  in particular in organising the joint POLECON Webinar Series in 2020-2022 and a joint Symposium in June 2022 in Stockholm. 

Depending on the definition, in the last ten years the European populists’ vote share in general elections increased by about 10-15 percentage points. Today, the number of large countries with populists in government is higher than ever in history.

There are two reasons to be concerned about the populists’ popularity. One is that their promises are not macroeconomically sustainable (as in Latin America in the past or in Turkey today). Most populists, however, have learned this lesson and once in power, recognise the macroeconomic constraints. The second reason is much more important - modern populists promise and, once in power, implement policies that (i) destroy economic and political checks and balances and (ii) create barriers for economic and political competition.

The evidence-based policy advice on why the recent rise of populism took place and how to counter it is still quite scarce. The main objective of this RPN was to bridge the gap between research and specific practical solutions.

In addition, the RPN maintained the VoxEU Populism page as a forum for the wider debate.

Events

The Populism RPN hosted several events, including a joint Symposium with the POE Programme. 

The RPN also co-organised the monthly POLECON Webinar Series with the  POE Programme and the Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace RPN.

Members

Yann Algan

Dean of Pre-experience Programs and Professor of Economics HEC Paris School of Management

Fellow, Labour Economics / Fellow, Macroeconomics and Growth / RPN Member, Populism / Fellow, Political Economy

Tito Boeri

Centennial Professor London School of Economics and Political Science

RPN Member, Populism / Fellow, Political Economy

David Dorn

UBS Foundation Professor of Globalization and Labor Markets Chair of International Trade and Labor Markets Universitat Zurich

Fellow, International Trade and Regional Economics / Fellow, Labour Economics / RPN Member, Populism / Fellow, Political Economy

Ruben Durante

Affiliated Professor Barcelona School Of Economics; Research Fellow Cesifo; Research Fellow Professor Pompeu Fabra University; Professor Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Affiliate, Political Economy / RPN Member, Populism / RPN Member, Media Plurality

christian dustmann

Director Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration; Director Professor of Economics University College London

Fellow, Labour Economics / RPN Member, Populism / Fellow, Political Economy

Barry Eichengreen

Professor of Economics and Political Science University of California, Berkeley

Fellow, Economic History / Fellow, International Macroeconomics and Finance / Fellow, International Trade and Regional Economics / RPN Member, Populism

Emeric Henry

Professor of Economics Sciences Po Paris - University

Fellow, Industrial Organization / Fellow, Organizational Economics / RPN Member, Populism / RPN Member, Media Plurality

Helios Herrera

Professor University Of Warwick

Fellow, Political Economy / Programme Director, Political Economy / RPN Member, Populism

Anna Maria Mayda

Professor of Economics Georgetown University

Fellow, International Trade and Regional Economics / RPN Member, Populism

Anna Mayda

Research Affiliate Centre for Economic Policy Research; Associate Professor of Economics Georgetown University

Fellow, International Trade and Regional Economics / RPN Member, Populism

Massimo Morelli

Professor of Political Science and Economics Bocconi University

Fellow, Political Economy / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace / RPN Member, Populism

Kevin O'Rourke

Professor of Economics New York University Abu Dhabi

Fellow, International Macroeconomics and Finance / Fellow, International Trade and Regional Economics / Fellow, Macroeconomics and Growth / Fellow, Economic History / RPN Member, Populism

Elias Papaioannou

Fellow, Macroeconomics and Growth / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace / RPN Member, Populism / RPN Member, European Economic Architecture / Fellow, Political Economy

Torsten Persson

Swedish Research Council Distinguished Professor, Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) Swedish Institute for Social Research

Fellow, Macroeconomics and Growth / Fellow, Public Economics / Fellow, Development Economics / RPN Member, Populism / Fellow, Political Economy

Maria Petrova

Affiliate Professor ICREA Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Alfa-Bank Associate Professor of Economics New Economic School; ICREA Research Professor Pompeu Fabra University

Fellow, Public Economics / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace / RPN Member, Populism / Fellow, Political Economy / RPN Member, Media Plurality

Dani Rodrik

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy Harvard University

Fellow, Development Economics / Fellow, Economic History / Fellow, Macroeconomics and Growth / Fellow, Political Economy / RPN Member, Populism

André Sapir

Fellow, International Trade and Regional Economics / RPN Member, Populism / RPN Member, European Economic Architecture

Moritz Schularick

RPN Member, Populism / Fellow, Political Economy / RPN Member, European Financial Architecture

Konstantin Sonin

John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies University of Chicago

Fellow, Political Economy / RPN Member, Populism

Antonio Spilimbergo

Research Fellow Centre for Economic Policy Research; Deputy Director, IMF Research Department International Monetary Fund

Fellow, International Trade and Regional Economics / Fellow, Macroeconomics and Growth / Fellow, International Trade and Regional Economics / RPN Member, Populism

Stefanie Stantcheva

Professor of Economics Harvard University

Fellow, Public Economics / Fellow, Macroeconomics and Growth / RPN Member, Populism / Fellow, Political Economy

Guido Tabellini

Professor of Economics Bocconi University

Fellow, Macroeconomics and Growth / RPN Member, Populism / Fellow, Political Economy

Mathias Thoenig

Research Fellow Centre for Economic Policy Research; Professor of Economics HEC Lausanne

Fellow, International Trade and Regional Economics / Fellow, Macroeconomics and Growth / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace / RPN Member, Populism / Fellow, Political Economy

Christoph Trebesch

Professor of Economics Kiel Institute for World Economics; Professor of Economics Kiel University

Affiliate, Economic History / RPN Member, Populism / Fellow, Political Economy / Fellow, International Macroeconomics and Finance / RPN Leader, International Lending and Sovereign Debt

Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

Professor of Economics Paris School Of Economics (PSE)

Fellow, Political Economy / Fellow, Development Economics / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace / RPN Member, Populism / Fellow, Political Economy

Josef Zweimüller

Professor at the Department of Economics Universitat Zurich

Fellow, Labour Economics / RPN Member, Populism