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Robert Franzese

Research Professor


Research Professor, Center for Political Studies
Professor, Department of Political Science


Ph.D. 1996 Harvard University (Government)


Robert Franzese’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)
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Professor Franzese’s research interests center on the comparative and international political economy (C&IPE) of developed democracies and related aspects of empirical methodology. In C&IPE, his work has focused on how political and economic (a) institutions (e.g., electoral & governmental systems, central bank independence, labor-market organization, etc.), (b) structure (e.g., income distribution, party-system polarization and fractionalization), and (c) circumstances/events (e.g., elections, terms-of-trade shocks, etc.) affect macroeconomic policymaking: its character and its efficacy. His approach to this substantive area is interdisciplinary (with economics), positive (i.e., as opposed to normative), and empirically minded. This research agenda has produced two books and numerous articles, chapters, and papers on the monetary- and fiscal-policy effects of, for example, international trade and finance, of globalization and tax and policy competition, and of participation, representation, veto actors, delegation, central bank independence, wage bargaining institutions, and international institutions. Professor Franzese’s research and pedagogical agendas in empirical methodology, which arise from this substantive agenda in C&IPE, have produced several more books and articles and chapters on (a) interactions and empirical-modeling strategies for complex context-conditionality more generally, (b) on empirical methodology for comparative politics broadly, (c) on multilevel modeling, and, more recently and extensively, (d) on spatial-econometric models of interdependence, that is of contexts where the outcomes in some units affect those in others.


Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan
Room 4256, 426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104–2321, United States

Phone: 734–936–1850
Fax: 734–764–3341
Email: [email protected]

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Selected Publications

Please also see Robert Franzese’s Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Robert Franzese’s Google Scholar Profile

Franzese, R.J., Hays, J.C., Cook, S.J. 2016. “Spatial- and Spatiotemporal-Autoregressive Probit Models of Interdependent Binary Outcomes,” Political Science Research & Method 4(1):151-73.

Franzese, R.J. and J.C. Hays. 2008. “Interdependence in Comparative Politics: Substance, Theory, Empirics, Substance,” Comparative Political Studies 41(4/5):742-80.

Kam, C.D. and R.J. Franzese, Jr. 2007. Modeling and Interpreting Interactive Hypotheses in Regression Analyses. 2007, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

R.J. Franzese, Jr. 2003. “Multiple Hands on the Wheel: Empirically Modeling Partial Delegation & Shared Control of Monetary Policy in the Open & Institutionalized Economy,” Political Analysis 11(4):445-74.

R.J. Franzese, Jr. 2002. Macroeconomic Policies of Developed Democracies. Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, Cambridge UP.