February 22, 1972 |
|Institution||New Economic School|
|Field||Political economy, Development economics, Economic theory|
|Alma mater||Moscow State University|
|Awards||GDN Research Medal (2004)|
|Information at IDEAS/RePEc|
Konstantin Sonin is a Russian economist. He is currently Professor of Economics and Vice Rector at the New Economic School in Moscow, Russia. He joined NES as an Assistant Professor in 2001 and received tenure as a full Professor of Economics in 2009. His primary interests are in political economics, development economics, and economic theory.
He has published in leading academic journals in economics and political science such as American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of the European Economic Association, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and others. As of April 2011, he is ranked #1 in Russia by REPEC academic citation service.
He has a fortnightly column in The Moscow Times and a weekly column in Vedomosti (in Russian) and occasional contributions to major international and Russian media outlets. He is the author of "Sonin.ru: Lessons of Economics" (in Russian), a book aimed to a wide audience.
Konstantin Sonin was born in Moscow. He received his MSc in 1995, and PhD from Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics of Moscow State University in 1998. In 2000-01, Konstantin was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian studies at Harvard. In 2004-2005, he was a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, USA. In September 2009 – March 2010 he worked as a Visiting Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
 Awards and Memberships
- Research Medal of the Global Development Network, 2004 (1st), 2006, 2009 (2nd)
- B.L.Ovsievich Memorial Prize, 2009 (2nd)
- Award for a Best Economist of the Russian Academy of Science, 2002, 2003
 Other Affilations and Membership
- New Economic School, Vice-Rector – Director of Undergraduate Studies
- Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Professor (by courtesy) and Research Director of the Center for Advanced Study,
- Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition, member of the Scientific Advisory Board
- Kiev School of Economics, member of the International Advisory Board
- Center for Economic Policy Research, London, UK, Research Fellow
- European Journal of the Political Economy, member of the Editorial Board 
- Journal of Comparative Economics, member of the Editorial Board
 Major publications
- Political Selection and the Persistence of Bad Government (with Daron Acemoglu and Georgy Egorov), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 125(4), 1511-1575, November 2010.
- Dictators and Their Viziers: Endogenizing the Loyalty-Competence Trade-off (with Georgy Egorov), Journal of European Economic Association, 9 (5), 903–930, October 2011.
- Determinants of Expropriation in the Oil Sector: A Theory and Evidence from Panel Data (with Sergei Guriev and Anton Kolotilin) Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 27 (2), 301-323, August 2011. .
- Why Resource-Poor Dictators Allow Freer Media: A Theory and Evidence from Panel Data (with Sergei Guriev and Georgy Egorov), American Political Science Review, 103 (4), 645—668, November 2009.
- Coalition Formation in Non-Democracies (with Daron Acemoglu and Georgy Egorov), Review of Economic Studies, 75(4), 987—1009, December 2008.
- Why the Rich May Favor Protection of Property Rights, Journal of Comparative Economics, 31 (4), 715—731, 2003, symposium issue on Appropriate Institutions for Growth. (Reprinted in M.Henrekson and R. Douhan, eds., The Political Economy of Entrepreneurship, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2007.)
- Konstantin Sonin's Homepage at NES
- Top 25% Institutions and Economists in Russia
- Economics: Konstantin Sonin's guest profile
- Kellogg School of Management - Faculty
- Center for Advanced Study
- Center for Economic Policy Research
- European Journal of the Political Economy
- Journal of Comparative Economics