Dr Michael Plouffe
Room: G.04, 31 Tavistock Sq.
Tel: 020 3108 9273 (x59273)
I am Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Political Economy in the School of Public Policy at UCL, where I was appointed in 2013, after receiving my PhD from the University of California, San Diego. I served as the Departmental Tutor and Director of the Affiliate Programme in Political Science and International Relations from 2015-2018.
My research broadly examines the empirical micro-foundations of international political economy. My work tends to focus on the interactions between political and economic institutions and the incentives, preferences, and activities of private-sector actors, such as firms. I typically explore these phenomena in the context of the globalization of production and the politics and policies governing it. While the implications of my work are frequently global in scope, I also tend to focus on political-economy issues in East Asia or the United States.
Recent peer-reviewed journal articles
- Bernier, M. and Plouffe, M., 2019. Financial innovation, economic growth, and the consequences of macroprudential policies. Research in Economics, 73(2), pp.162-173.
- Plouffe, M., 2019. Disentangling foreign direct investments. World Economics Journal, 20(3), pp.95-106.
- Wagner, P. and Plouffe, M., 2019. Electoral systems and trade-policy outcomes: The effects of personal-vote incentives on barriers to international trade. Public Choice, 180(3-4), pp.333-352.
- Plouffe, M., 2017. Firm heterogeneity and trade-policy stances: Evidence from a survey of Japanese producers. Business and Politics, 19(1), pp.1-40.
Other recent publications
- Is it publish or perish? A view from international relations and political science in the UK. Nature Human Behaviour, 10 October 2019.
- Brexit Britain’s weakness exposed in US trade deal documents. The Conversation, 12 May 2019.
I teach International Political Economy at the undergraduate and MSc levels, and International Trade Policy for MSc students.