Cristina Bodea

Cristina Bodea is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. Bodea joined the MSU faculty in 2006, after earning a PhD degree from the University of Rochester (2006) and following a post doctoral research fellowship at Princeton University. From 2007 to 2009 she has been on leave from Michigan State, working as an Economist at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. Bodea uses game theory and econometric methods in her work and is substantively interested in issues in the fields of international and comparative political economy, as well as political conflict and democratization.  More specifically, current interests include reputation building in exchange rate policy, central bank independence and government spending, the fiscal policy of developing countries, as well as civil war, coups, and low intensity violence as alternative manifestations of domestic conflict.  Her work has been published or is forthcoming at the Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, International Organization, European Journal of Political Economy, Public Choice and Economic and Politics.  She also has working papers published by the World Bank and the European Central Bank.



LSE Blog on Fiscal Policy and Central Bank Independence

"Country Diagnostic for Haiti, drawing on co-authored work on public spending and conflict"

The International Political Economy Society (IPES) launches Virtual IPES

Monetary Policy and Central Banking: Historical analysis and contemporary approaches, Princeton University, February 6-7, 2015.

Politics and Economics of International Finance (PEIF), Harvard University, March 28, 2015.


Comparative Politics, International Relations, Positive Political Theory

Research Specializations

Political Institutions, Civil and International Conflict, Political Economy

Recent Publications

"Oil and Civil Conflict: Can Public Spending Have a Migration Effect?"

Bodea, Cristina.  (Accepted 2015).  Fixed Exchange Rates with Escape Clauses: The Political Determinants of the European Monetary System Realignments.

Bodea, Cristina. (Accepted 2014). Central Bank Independence and Fiscal Policy: Incentives to Spend and Constraints on the Executive.

Bodea, Cristina & Raymond, Hicks.  (Accepted 2014).  International finance and central bank independence: Institutional diffusion and the flow and cost of capital.  Forthcoming at the Journal of Politics.

Bodea, Cristina & Adrienne Lebas.  (2014).  The Origins of Voluntary Compliance: Attitudes toward Taxation in Urban Nigeria. (September 2014) British Journal of Political Science.

Bodea, Cristina. (Accepted 2013). Fixed Exchange Rates, Independent Central Banks and Price Stability in Post-Communist Countries: Conservatism and Credibility. Forthcoming at Economics and Politics.

Bodea, Cristina & Hicks, Raymond. (Accepted 2013). Price Stability and Central Bank Independence: Discipline, Credibility and Democratic Institutions. Forthcoming at International Organization.

Bodea, Cristina (2013). Independent Central Banks, Regime Type and Fiscal Performance: The Case of Post-Communist Countries. Public Choice; 155(1-2): 81-107. DOI: 10.1007/s11127-011-9843-6

Bodea, Cristina. (2010). Exchange Rate Regimes and Independent Central Banks: A Correlated Choice of Imperfectly Credible Institution.  International Organization, 64: 411-442. DOI:10.1017/S0020818310000111.

Bodea, Cristina. (2010). The Political Economy of Fixed Exchange Rate Regimes: The Experience of Post-Communist Countries. European Journal of Political Economy; 26 (2): 248-264.

Bodea, Cristina & Elbadawi, Ibrahim A. (2008). Political Violence and Underdevelopment.?  Journal of African Economies; 17 (Supplement 2): 50-96. DOI: 10.1093/jae/ejn018

Bodea, Cristina
Office: 342 S. Kedzie
Phone Number: 517-353-7230