Thomas Fujiwara
Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs

Princeton University


Dept. of Economics and School of Public and International Affairs

Princeton University

131 Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building
Princeton NJ 08544

fujiwara "at"


Curriculum Vitae


Research Statement (April 2019)




Here are some (older) slides on

Estimating Excess Deaths due to Covid-19 [code and data] [figures]

-  This analysis by the CONASS' Website on Excess Mortality in Brazil.

-  The link above is continually updated and discusses data issues in its technical notes.

-  See these estimates also at the Economist, Financial Times, and New York Times.


Working Papers


The Effect of Social Media on Elections: Evidence from the United States

(with Karsten Mueller and Carlo Schwarz)




Policy Deliberation and Voter Persuasion:

Evidence from an Election in the Philippines

(with Gabriel Lopez-Moctezuma, Leonard Wantchekon,

Daniel Rubenson, and Cecilia Pe Lero)

Forthcoming, American Journal of Political Science.


Rank Effects in Bargaining: Evidence from Government Formation

(with Carlos Sanz) [Appendix]

Review of Economic Studies, 2020, 87(3): 1261-1295.


The Origins of Human Pro-Sociality: Cultural Group Selection in the Workplace and the Laboratory

(with Patrick Francois and Tanguy van Ypersele)

Science Advances, 4(9): 19 September 2018.

-  Media: Nature Human Behavior.


Acting Wife: Marriage Market Incentives and Labor Market Investments

(with Leonardo Bursztyn and Amanda Pallais) [Appendix]

American Economic Review, 2017, 107(11): 3288-3319.

-  A summary for the Harvard Business Review.

-  Media: NBER Digest, Chicago Booth Review, NY Times, NPR, CIFAR, Slate, WSJ, Boston Globe, Forbes.


Habit Formation in Voting: Evidence from Rainy Elections

(with Kyle Meng and Tom Vogl) [Appendix]

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2016, 8(4): 160-188.

-  Media: AEA, NBER Digest, Boston Globe, Washington Post.


The Runner-Up Effect

(with Santosh Anagol) [Appendix]

Journal of Political Economy, 2016, 124(4): 927-991.


Voting Technology, Political Responsiveness, and Infant Health:

Evidence from Brazil [Appendix]

Econometrica, 2015, 83(2): 423-464.

-  A summary for VoxDev.

-  Media: The Economist, Vox, LiveMint, Chris Blattman, Why Nations Fail.


Can Informed Public Deliberation Overcome Clientelism?

Experimental Evidence from Benin

(with Leonard Wantchekon) [Appendix]

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2013, 5(4): 241-255.

-  Media: The Economist.


A Regression Discontinuity Test of Strategic Voting and Duverger's Law

Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 2011, 6: 197-233.