Affiliated researchers

Daniel Rubenson

Associate Professor

Research interests: Political economy, political behaviour, development

Among the questions that Daniel Rubenson tries to answer with his research:

  • What effect do property rights have on economic and political development?
  • What is the relationship between economic institutions and prosocial attitudes and preferences?
  • How do individuals' perceptions of their communities affect their political behaviour and policy attitudes?
  • Does winning legislative votes lead to individual political and financial success?

New research

Maps in People's Heads as a New Measure for Context Cara Wong, Jake Bowers, Daniel Rubenson, Mark Fredrickson and Ashlea Rundlett

Daniel Rubenson's research interests are in political economy, broadly speaking. Specifically his work is focussed in two main areas: 1) He addresses questions about political behaviour in a variety of settings from party leadership selection to national elections; 2) He has several projects in the area of political economy of development dealing with issues such as property rights, trade, and local government reform. Rubenson mostly uses field experiments in his work as well as other identification driven approaches.

Daniel Rubenson



Daniel Rubenson is an Associate Professor in the Politics Department at Ryerson University in Toronto and a affiliated with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in New Haven. He has a PhD in political science from the London School of Economics.

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The Research Institute of Industrial Economics, IFN, is a private and independent foundation devoted to pursuing highly relevant research for trade and industry.

The researchers at IFN are united in their belief that economic methods offer a powerful tool for understanding society.

The main research programs are:

  1. economics of entrepreneurship
  2. globalization and corporate restructuring
  3. economics of the service sector
  4. economics of the electricity markets
  5. economics of institutions and culture.

Global Award

Research on entrepreneurship




The Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research is the foremost global award for research on entrepreneurship.This Prize is awarded annually with a prize sum of EUR 100,000.

IFN in cooperation with Entreprenörskapsforum and Vinnova are the principals of the award, in cooperation with the donor, Stockholms Köpmansklubb.

Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD), in Lima, Peru, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2017. He will receive the award at a ceremony on May 15, 2016, in Stockholm.

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