Konstantin Sonin

Harris School of Public Policy Studies

Konstantin Sonin’s research interests include political economics, development, and economic theory. In recent years, he has focused on applying microeconomic concepts to an array of social and political phenomena, including corruption, dictatorship, and the inequitable distribution of property. His research has been published in leading academic journals in economics—such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics and American Economic Review—and in political science—such as the American Political Science Review and the American Journal of Political Science.

In addition to his academic work, he writes a blog on Russian political and economic issues and contributes regularly to the Russian-language newspaper Vedomosti and the English-language Moscow Times. He is frequently cited in the Western press as an expert on the Russian economy and politics. 

Sonin earned an MSc and PhD in mathematics from Moscow State University and an MA in economics at Moscow’s New Economic School (NES). After a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, he served on the faculty of NES and the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow, and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study. He is now affiliated with HSE and the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics as a visiting professor and adviser.

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