Ilia Rainer

Financial Economist
Office of Markets

Education Summary

  • ​Ph.D. Economics,
    Harvard University, 2005
  • M.A. Economics (unfinished),
    Hebrew University (Israel), 1999
  • B.A. Economics and Accounting (double major),
    Hebrew University (Israel), 1997

Fields of Interest

  • Goverment policy and regulation
  • Market microstructure
  • Financial Economist
    Division of Economic and Risk Analysis
    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Statistician
    ​Division of Economic and Risk Analysis
    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Associate Director for Labor Market Research and Information
    ​District of Columbia Department of Employment Services
  • Assistant Professor of Economics
    George Mason University
  • Francois, Patrick, Ilia Rainer, and Francesco Trebbi, 2015, How Is Power Shared in Africa?, Econometrica, 83(2): 465–503.
  • Rainer, Ilia and Francesco Trebbi, 2015, New Tools for the Analysis of Political Power in Africa, in S. Edwards, S. Johnson, D. Weil, (eds.) African Successes: Government and Institutions, University of Chicago Press.
  • Nye, John, Ilia Rainer, and Thomas Stratmann, 2015, Do Black Mayors Improve Black Relative to White Employment Outcomes? Evidence from Large US Cities, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, 31(2): 383-430.
  • Frank, Raphael, and Ilia Rainer, 2012, Does the Leader's Ethnicity Matter? Ethnic Favoritism, Education, and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa, American Political Science Review, 106(2): 294–325.
  • Gennaioli, Nicola, and Ilia Rainer, 2007, Precolonial Centralization and Institutional Quality in Africa, in M. Gradstein and K. Konrad, eds., Institutions and Norms in Economic Development, MIT Press.
  • Gennaioli, Nicola, and Ilia Rainer, 2007, The Modern Impact of Precolonial Centralization in Africa, Journal of Economic Growth, 12(3): 185–234 (the lead article).

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