Accessibility statement

Giacomo De Luca



  • Laurea (Turin)
  • MA (Louvain-la-Neuve)
  • PhD (Namur)

Departmental roles

  • Director of Research Students
  • Director of the MSc. in Development Economics and Emerging Market



I undertake research in development economics and political economy, with emphasis on the determinants and consequences of civil conflicts. 


Selected publications

Full details of publications can be found at RePEc

De Luca, G., A. Litina, and P. Sekeris “Growth-Friendly Dictatorships”, Journal of Comparative Economics, Vol. 43, 2015, pp. 98-111.

De Luca, G., and Marijke Verpoorten “Civil War and Political Participation: Evidence from Uganda”, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vol. 64, 2015, pp. 113-141.

De Luca, G., and Marijke Verpoorten “Civil war, social capital and resilience in Uganda”, Oxford Economic Papers, Vol. 67, 2015, pp. 661-686.

De Feo, Giuseppe and De Luca, Giacomo “Mafia in the Ballot Box”, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Vol. 9 (3), 2017, pp. 134-67.

De Luca, G., P. Sekeris and J. F. Vargas “Beyond Divide and Rule: Weak Dictators, Natural Resources and Civil Conflict”, European Journal of Political economy, Vol. 53, 2018, pp. 205-221.

Dagnelie, O., G. De Luca and J.-F. Maystadt, “Violence, Selection and Infant Mortality in Congo” Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 59, 2018, pp. 153-177.

De Luca, G., R. Hodler, P. Raschky, and M. Valsecchi, “Ethnic Favoritism: An Axiom of Politics?” Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 132, 2018, pp. 115-129.

De Luca, G., D. Spengler and P. Sekeris “Can Violence Harm Cooperation? Experimental Evidence” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, forthcoming



  • Political Economics
  • Development Economics


  • Development Economics: Theory and Evidence


Giacomo DeLuca
Department of Economics
Room: A/EC/121

Tel: 01904 324674

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I am on Research Leave in the Summer term.

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