Baccini, Leonardo

Dr Leonardo Baccini  


Position held

Assistant Professor


Experience keywords:

energy; environment; foreign direct investment; international organization; international political economy; media and politics; trade agreement; trade

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My research interests are 1) international political economy with a focus on trade agreements, trade liberalization, and foreign direct investment; 2) international cooperation with a focus on the design of international organizations; 3) energy and environmental policy; 4) labour rights and discrimination; 5) media and political behaviour; 6) economic history; and 7) spatial econometrics.

With Andreas Dür (University of Salzburg) and Manfred Elsig (WTI Bern) I completed data collection on about 600 trade agreements signed from 1950 to the present day. Using manual content analysis and statistical techniques to check coders' reliability, the dataset includes measures on flexibility, coverage, commitments, trade integration, and delegation features. More information is available at

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Consultancy; Creative Industries and Culture; Energy; Environment; Information Technology; Law; Media Technology and New Media; Policy and Regulatory Bodies; Public Administration; Telecommunications; Risk Management


Italian [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 020 7955 6525



Baccini, Leonardo and Sudulich, Maria Laura and Wall, Matthew (2016) Internet effects in times of political crisis: online newsgathering and attitudes towards the European Union Public Opinion Quarterly, 80 (2). 411-436. ISSN 0033-362X


Baccini, Leonardo (2015) TPP may benefit both global businesses and the developing countries where they operate LSE Business Review (23 Sep 2015) Blog entry

Sudulich, Maria and Wall, Matthew and Baccini, Leonardo (2015) Wired voters: the effects of internet use on voters’ electoral uncertainty British Journal of Political Science, 45 (04). 853-881. ISSN 0007-1234

Baccini, Leonardo and Dür, Andreas (2015) Investment discrimination and the proliferation of preferential trade agreements Journal of Conflict Resolution, 59 (4). 617-644. ISSN 0022-0027

Baccini, Leonardo and Dür, Andreas and Elsig, Manfred (2015) The politics of trade agreement design: revisiting the depth-flexibility nexus International Studies Quarterly, 59 (4). 765-775. ISSN 0020-8833


Baccini, Leonardo and Urpelainen, Johannes (2014) International institutions and domestic politics: can preferential trading agreements help leaders promote economic reform? Journal of Politics, 76 (01). 195-214. ISSN 0022-3816

Baccini, Leonardo and Urpelainen, Johannes (2014) Before ratification: understanding the timing of international treaty effects on domestic policies International Studies Quarterly, 58 (1). 29-43. ISSN 0020-8833

Baccini, Leonardo (2014) Cheap talk: transaction costs, quality of institutions, and trade agreements European Journal of International Relations, 20 (1). 80-117. ISSN 1460-3713

Dür, Andreas and Baccini, Leonardo and Elsig, Manfred (2014) The design of international trade agreements: introducing a new dataset Review of International Organizations, 9 (3). 353-375. ISSN 1559-7431

Baccini, Leonardo and Koenig-Archibugi, Mathias (2014) Why do states commit to international labor standards?: interdependent ratification of core ILO conventions, 1948-2009 World Politics, 66 (3). 446-490. ISSN 0043-8871

Baccini, Leonardo and Li, Quan and Mirkina, Irina (2014) Corporate tax cuts and foreign direct investment Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 33 (4). 977-1006. ISSN 0276-8739


Baccini, Leonardo and Lenzi, Veronica and Thurner, Paul W. (2013) Global energy governance: trade, infrastructure, and the diffusion of international organizations International Interactions, 39 (2). 192-216. ISSN 0305-0629


Baccini, Leonardo and Urpelainen, Johannes (2012) It's not all about trade: preferential trading agreements induce economic reforms in developing countries ARTNeT Policy Brief, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), Bangkok, Thailand.

Baccini, Leonardo and Urpelainen, Johannes (2012) Preferential trading agreements and economic reforms in developing countries IMO Occasional Papers, Institute for International Relations (IMO), Zagreb, Croatia.

Baccini, Leonardo and Dür, Andreas (2012) The new regionalism and policy interdependence British Journal of Political Science, 42 (1). 57-79. ISSN 0007-1234

Baccini, Leonardo and Urpelainen, Johannes (2012) Strategic side payments: preferential trading agreements, economic reform, and foreign aid Journal of Politics, 74 (4). 932-949. ISSN 0022-3816

Baccini, Leonardo and Urpelainen, Johannes (2012) Legislative fractionalization and partisan shifts to the left increase the volatility of public energy R&D expenditures Energy Policy, 46. 49-57. ISSN 0301-4215

Baccini, Leonardo (2012) Democratization and trade policy: an empirical analysis of developing countries European Journal of International Relations, 18 (3). 455-479. ISSN 1460-3713

Baccini, Leonardo and Kim, Soo Yeon (2012) Preventing protectionism: international institutions and trade policy Review of International Organizations, 7 (4). 369-398. ISSN 1559-7431


Baccini, Leonardo and Dür, Andreas and Elsig, Manfred and Milewicz, Karolina (2011) The design of preferential trade agreements: a new dataset in the making Staff working paper, World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.


Baccini, Leonardo and Kim, Soo Yeon (2010) Globalization and economic crisis: does information really matter? In: Lagoarde-Segot, Thomas, (ed.) Financial Crisis: Thinking Otherwise. NOVA editions, New York, USA.

Baccini, Leonardo (2010) Explaining formation and design of EU trade agreements: the role of transparency and flexibility European Union Politics, 11 (2). 195-217. ISSN 1465-1165

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