​Scott F Abramson

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester.  I was previously a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute.  I received my PhD from the Department of Politics at Princeton University in 2015.  You can contact me at sabramso@ur.rochester.edu



Learning About Growth and Democracy (w/ Sergio Montero) (Conditionally Accepted at The American Political Science Review)​

The Economic Effects of Leaders' Economic Interests: Evidence from Election By Lot in the Florentine Republic (Accepted at The Journal of Politics )

Systemic Instability and the Emergence of Border Disputes w/ David Carter (Accepted at ​International Organization)

Endogenous Parliaments: The Domestic and International Roots of Long-Term Economic Growth and Executive Constraints in Europe  (2019)  International Organization (with Carles Boix )

The Evolution of National Constitutions (2019) The Quarterly Journal of Political Science (with Michael Barber)

The Economic Origins of the Territorial State  (2017)  International Organization

The Historical Origins of Territorial Claims  (2016)  The American Political Science Review  (with David Carter)

Time is Power: The Non-Institutional Sources of Stability in Autocracies  (2016)  The Journal of Politics  (with Carlos Velasco-Rivera)

Working Papers

Coal, Gender and Education: A Resource Curse in the Long-Run  w/ Elena Esposito (R&R at The Journal of Economic Growth)

Designing Political Order: Why Monopolies of Violence are Socially Inefficient  (But Individually Rational)

w/ Emiel Awad and Brenton Kenkel (Under Review)

Coal, Early Industrialization, and the Persistence of Left-Wing Support w/ Elena Esposito (Under Review)

A Variance Decomposition Approach for Bounding Neighborhood Effects w/ Anderson Frey (Under Review)

A Revolution of Rights in American Founding Documents w/ Michael Barber and Jeremey Pope  (Under Review)

What Do We Learn About Voter Preferences From Conjoint Experiments? w/ Korhan Kocak & Asya Magazinnik
 (Under Review)

Failure to Learn in the Laboratories of Democracy: Gun Control and Partisan Bias in the United States 

w/ Mary Kroeger & Sergio Montero


Robert O. Keohane Award for best article in International Organization by a junior scholar - 2017

Ernst Haas Best Dissertation Award from the APSA European Politics and Society Section - 2015

The Society for Political Methodology Best Poster Award - 2013

For Students: 

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