Michael Jetter

Associate Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M251), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Being originally from Stuttgart (Germany), I received my PhD from the University of Memphis (USA) in 2011. After that, I worked at the Universidad EAFIT in Medellin (Colombia) for almost 4 years, first as an Assistant Professor and then as a Full Professor. Although I enjoy working in several fields of research in economics, the majority of my work has focused on Political Economy and Public Economics topics. Specifically, I have done research in the areas of corruption, terrorism, and gender differences.

Funding overview

BHP Billiton Distinguished Research Award (AUD 25,000)
Ahern Family Early Career Researcher Portfolio Prize (AUD 2,500)
Start-up research grant UWA (AUD 10,000)
Research Grant Universidad EAFIT (USD 50,000)
Grant Universidad EAFIT to develop research with students (USD 1,800)

Research Grant Universidad EAFIT (USD 35,000)
Research Grant Colciencias (Colombian Ministry for Science, USD 7,500)
Grant Universidad EAFIT to develop research with students (USD 2,000)

Travel Grant Universidad EAFIT (USD 3,000)

Travel Grant Universidad EAFIT (USD 3,000)

Travel Grant Universidad EAFIT (USD 2,000)

Previous positions

Full Professor, Universidad EAFIT (Medellin, Colombia), 2012-2014
Assistant Professor, Universidad EAFIT (Medellin, Colombia), 2011-2012

Teaching overview

Public Economics
Economic Growth & Development
Intro to Macroeconomics
Intro to Microeconomics


Political Economy (corruption, conflicts, terrorism)
Public Economics


some French

Current projects

I am currently working on 15 active research projects:

1. ``Gone with the wind: The consequences of US drone strikes in Pakistan,'' with Rafat Mahmood (Pakistan, starting at NYU Abu Dhabi in December 2021). This paper has been revised and resubmited to the Economic Journal.

2. ``Persuasive agenda-setting: Rodrigo Duterte's inauguration speech and drugs in the Philippines,'' with Teresa Molina (USA). Revision requested for the Journal of Development Economics.

3. ``Explaining post-Cold-War civil conflict among 17 billion models: The importance of history and religion,'' with Rafat Mahmood (NYUAD), Christopher F. Parmeter (USA), and Andrés Ramírez Hassan (COL). Revision requested for Economic Modelling.

4.``News coverage and mass shootings in the US,'' with Jay K. Walker (USA). Under review.

5. ``Community size and electoral preferences: Evidence from post-WWII Baden-W\"{u}rttemberg,'' with Luciana Fiorini (UWA), Christopher F. Parmeter (USA), and Christopher Parsons (UWA).

6. ``Captivating news: Media coverage of an elusive prisoner exchange program and FARC kidnappings,'' with Juan P. Aparicio (UWA, PhD student). Under review.

7. ``Escaping poverty to experience terrorism: Evidence from subnational data,'' with Rafat Mahmood (NYUAD) and David Stadelmann (GER).

8. ``Gender match and the gender gap in venture capital financing: Evidence from Shark Tank,'' with Kieran Stockley (UWA). Under review.

9. ``On the relationship between trade openness and government size,'' with Tushar Bharati (UWA) and Mohammad Farhad (UWA). Under review.

10. ``On the long-term development of moral universalism.'' Submitted.

11. ``Misreported trade," with Mohammad Farhad (UWA), Jakob Madsen (UWA), and Andrew Williams (UWA). Submitted.

12. ``The salience of supernatural beliefs and war,'' with Tim Krieger (GER).

13. ``For FARC's sake: Demobilizing rebels,'' with Juan P. Aparicio (UWA, PhD student) and Christopher Parsons (UWA).

14.``Types of communications technology and civil conflict,'' with Tushar Bharati (UWA) and Nauman Malik (UWA, PhD student).

15. ``Media coverage and terrorism,'' with Juan P. Aparicio (UWA, PhD student) and Tushar Bharati (UWA).


Future research

My future research will broadly concern the topics of terrorism, counterterrorism, civil conflict and civil war, and the development of morality. Most projects will emphasise empirical approaches, based on carefully developed theoretical frameworks.

Teaching overview

I am currently teaching 2 units at UWA: An honours course on "The Political Economy of Terrorism and Counterterrorism" that emphasises empirical methods to isolate causal effects from correlational data, as well as a newly introduced unit for the Masters of Business Data Analytics (beginning in 2022-1) entitled "Text-to-Data Applications and Novel Data Sources."

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Economics , PhD, Three Essays in Economics, University of Memphis

20 Aug 20071 Jul 2011

Award Date: 1 Jul 2011

Economics, BA, University of Memphis

20 Aug 20051 Jul 2007

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

External positions

Research Affiliate, ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich

1 Aug 2016 → …

Research Fellow, IZA Institute of Labor Economics

1 May 2013 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Political Economy
  • Public Economics
  • Media Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Labor Economics


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