Maria Perrotta Berlin

Assistant Professor | SITE

Maria Perrotta Berlin is a researcher at the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE), Stockholm School of Economics, since 2011. She earned her PhD from the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) at Stockholm University. Her main research interests are development and political economics.


Aid Effectiveness in Times of Political Change: Lessons from the Post- Communist Transition (with E. Frot and A. Olofsgård ),  World Development (2014)

The Impact of a Food For Education Program on Schooling in Cambodia (with M. Cheung),   Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies (2014),


Working papers

The Donor Footprint and Gender Gaps (with Evelina Bonnier and Anders Olofsgård) UNU-WIDER Working Paper N. 130, 2017.

Leniency, Asymmetric Punishment and Corruption. Evidence from China (with Giancarlo Spagnolo and Bei Qin) SITE Working Paper N. 34

Aid Effectiveness: New Instrument, New results? (with Emmanuel Frot). SITE Working Paper.

Hidden Redistribution in Higher Education

Constitutions and the Growth Elasticity of Poverty


Other Projects

Donor footprint and the effectiveness of aid-financed projects (with Evelina Bonnier and Anders Olofsgård)

Asymmetric punishment and the market for sex (with Ina Ganguli, Petra Persson and Giancarlo Spagnolo)

Policy Publications

Intimate Partner Violence, Norms and Policies, FREE Policy Brief Series, March 5, 2017

Leniency, Asymmetric Punishment and Corruption: Evidence from China, FREE Policy Brief Series, September 28, 2015

The Aid Effectiveness Literature: Is It Over Yet?, FREE Policy Brief Series, February 16, 2015

Some More Reflections on RCTs, FREE Policy Brief Series, October 14, 2013

Kronvittnen kan ha avskräckande effekt (in Swedeish), SvD Brännpunkt, March 15, 2013

Natural Resources, Intangible Capital and Sustainable Development in a Small, Oil-Rich Region, FREE Policy Brief Series, December 3, 2012

Corruption in Eastern Europe as Depicted by Popular Cross-Country Corruption Indicators, FREE Policy Brief Series, October 15, 2012

Development effectiveness after the Arab Spring: Challenges ahead (with Anders Olofsgård and Emmanuel Frot), VoxEU, 26 October 2012

Poorer without aid, (with Emmanuel Frot), VoxEU, 24 September 2012

Do Economic Sanctions Work?, FREE Policy Brief Series, March 19, 2012

Tax Meat to Save the Baltic Sea, FREE Policy Brief Series, September 12, 2011


Global Challenges – Doing, Spring 2017

Global Challenges – Knowing, Fall 2016 (supply teacher)

Introduction to Stata. Lecture notes 1 – 2.

Economic & Political Analysis of Emerging Markets – Spring 2013; Econometrics refresher

Supervised students

Maria Cheung, PhD, Stockholm University