Mirko Draca is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick and a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. His research is focused on applied microeconomics and has previously included work on topics such as: the ‘revolving door’ in lobbying, police and crime, and impact of the minimum wage. Current research includes work on: prices and crime, the impact of international sanctions on the Iranian economy, and the ‘shadow lobbying’ sector in Washington.
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