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Christian Dippel

Associate Professor, Business, Economics and Public Policy

Christian Dippel

Contact Information


  • Political Economy
  • Political Risk
  • Global Macro (Trade and Capital Markets)
  • Economic History
  • Indigenous Economic Development
  • Public-Sector Pensions
  • International Management

Research Publications

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Christian Dippel is an Associate Professor of Economics at Western University’s Ivey Business School in Canada. Previously, he spent ten years at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Dippel’s research lies at the intersection of political economy and economic history, where he has studied diverse topics such as the awakening of anti-slavery sentiment in the lead-up to the Civil War, the establishment of the reservations system in the U.S., the end of slavery in the British Empire, and the evolution of decentralized educational institutions in the American Midwest. Among more contemporary topics, he has studied voting behavior, populism, private prisons, judicial elections and the political economy roots of under-funded public-sector pensions.  Dippel also has deep expertise in the economic development of Native American reservations in the U.S. and First Nations reserves in Canada.

He is a founding co-editor of the Journal of Historical Political Economy, and a research affiliate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the California Centre for Population Research, and the Latin American Institute. His research has been funded by the NSF and by Canada’s SSHRC, and has been published in Econometrica and the American Economic Review, among other outlets.


  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • MA, University of Toronto
  • Diplom, Mannheim University, Germany

Honours & Awards

  • 2021 Lone Mountain Fellow, Property and Environment Research Center (PERC)
  • 2020-22 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant #2017946
  • 2019-21 Campbell Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford
  • 2017-18 Marvin Hoffenberg Fellow, Center for American Politics and Public Policy
  • 2015-17 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grant, Canada
  • 2013-14 Hellman Fellow, UC systemwide
  • 2012 Gerschenkron Prize, Economic History Association
  • 2011 Tom Easterbrook Fellow, University of Toronto
  • 2011 Hartle Dissertation Award, Rotman Institute for International Business
  • 2011 Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ontario Government
  • 2010 Associates Award, University of Toronto
  • 2010 Albert Berry Prize, Canadian Development Economics Group
  • 2009 Mary Jane Hendrie Memorial Scholarship, University of Toronto