Nathaniel Lane

Ph.D. Candidate, Economics - Institute for International Economic Studies. | | (SE)+46(0)729095265 | PDF Curriculum Vitae


Office Institute for International Economic Studies - Stockholm University - SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden


2013-Current Institute for International Economic Studies Ph.D. Candidate, Economics.

2013-15 Harvard University, Department of Economics Special Ph.D. Student, Economics.

2011-13 Stockholm University Ph.D. Student, Economics.

2009-11 Columbia University M.A. Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences.

2006-09 University of Massachusettes - Amherst B.A. Economics.


Job Market Paper

Title Manufacturing Revolutions

Industrial Policy and Networks in South Korea

Abstract This paper uses a historic big push intervention and newly digitized data from South Korea to study the effects of industrial policy on (short- and long-run) industrial development. In 1973 South Korea transitioned to a military dictatorship and drastically changed their development strategy. I find industries targeted by the regime’s big push grew significantly more than non-targeted industries along several key dimensions of industrial development. These developmental effects persisted after industrial policies were retrenched, following the 1979 assassination of the president. Furthermore, I estimate the spillovers of the industrial policies using exogenous variation in the exposure to the policy across the input-output network. I find evidence of persistent pecuniary externalities like those posited by big push development theorists, such as Albert Hirschman. In other words, I find that South Korea’s controversial industrial policy was successful in producing industrial development, the benefits of which persisted through time and in industries not directly targeted by the policies.


Title State Capacity, Local Governance, and Economic Development in Vietnam

with Melissa Dell (Harvard) and Pablo Querubin (NYU)

Abstract There has been a large divergence in economic prosperity between Northeast and Southeast Asia since the mid-20th century, and the governance organizations and norms of Asian societies plausibly explain this divergence. This study examines the impacts of different historical governance norms on development using Vietnam as a laboratory. Northern Vietnam (Dai Viet) was ruled by strong state institutions inherited from China. It governed through a centralized, competitively selected bureaucracy, and the village was the fundamental administrative unit. Southern Vietnam was a weak tributary of the Khmer (Cambodian) Empire. It followed a patron-client model with more personalized power relations and no village intermediation. We use a regression discontinuity design across the Dai Viet-Khmer boundary to compare villages that had a strong state to nearby areas that did not. We find that areas historically under the strong state have higher living standards today. Using rich data from South Vietnam and the unified Socialist Republic of Vietnam, we document that in villages with a bureaucratic historical state, citizens have been better able to organize for public goods and redistribution through stronger local governments and civil society. Overall the study suggests that the bureaucratic state in East Asia - deeply embedded in civil society - played a central role in this region’s growth.

In Progress

Title Workers of the World, Unite: The Economic Effects of Labor Day Demonstrations in Europe

with Andreas Madestam (Stockholm University) and David Yanagizawa-Drott (ETH-Zurich)

Title Evolution of (Revealed) Preferences: Evidence from the Pride Movement

with Mounir Karadja (Uppsala University), Erik Prawitz (IIES), and Shuhei Kitamura (University of Rochester)

Title Let Them Eat Cake – Lending and Luxury Good Leakage

with Mounir Karadja

Title Waiting for the Great Leap Forward – Why Did the Green Revolution Fail in the Philippines?



2016 ASWEDE Association of Swedish Development Economists Ph.D. Workshop, Stockholm School of Economics.

2016 OXDEV Conference Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University.

2015 CIFAR, Institutions, Organizations & Growth meetings.

2015 NBER Summer Institute, Development of the American Economy: Graduate presentation.

2015 Harvard University, Department of Economics: Economic History Lunch.

2015 Harvard University, Department of Economics: Development Economic Tea.


2015 NBER Summer Institute, Development of the American Economy: Graduate student poster session.

Awards & Grants

2015 Economic History Association, Graduate Student Exploratory Grant.

2013-14 Handelsbank - Jan Wallanders & Tom Hedelius Stipendium.

2012 Forum for Asian Studies - Field Research Work in the Philippines.


2016 Big Data Methods in Economics (Ph.D.) - TA

2013 Econometrics II (Ph.D.) - TA.




Chair Torsten Persson (Chair)
Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg Chair in Economic Sciences
Institute for International Economic Studies
Institute for International Economic Studies
SE-106 91, Stockholm SE

Melissa Dell
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Littauer Center M-24
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138

James A. Robinson
University Professor
University of Chicago
Harris School of Public Policy
1155 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

David Strömberg
Institute for International Economic Studies
Institute for International Economic Studies
SE-106 91, Stockholm SE