Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
Though born in Colombia, I lived in France, the United States and Yugoslavia before finally ending up in Canada. I completed my baccalaureate studies in Economics at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. After working for the Foreign Trade Agency of the Colombian government, I came to Canada where I earned a Masters of Arts and a PhD in Economics from the University of Toronto. I was a faculty member at Concordia University and at the University of Toronto before coming to Laurier in 1995.
My interests are mainly in governance and political economy issues. For my PhD dissertation, I studied how economic shocks affect the fate of dictators and elected leaders. Throughout my graduate studies, I became interested in policy making in parliamentary democracies. My scholarship includes applications of economic analysis in political economy and bargaining. I have also studied the selection of bargaining solutions when bargaining opponents may be of different types, modeling intergovernmental negotiations, and understanding how voters influence policies in multi-party (>3) parliamentary democracies such as Canada.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
Currently, I am working on modeling multilateral negotiations such those encountered in the intergovernmental federal negotiations between the Canadian Federal and Provincial governments or the multi-lateral negotiations of the European Union. I am also working on modelling elections in democracies and anocracies (authoritarian regimes where the autocrat operates alongside a legislature). Other projects include studying how campaign advertising affects electoral outcomes.
Awards and Achievements
Scientific Committee member of various conferences.
2014 Association for Public Economic Theory, member of Scientific Committee.
2011 Canadian Public Economic Study Group, Program Chair.
2008 The Political Economy of Bargaining, Program Chair.
Student Opportunities / Supervising
The 8 students I have supervised have worked in the following areas:
Political Instability and income inequality.
Globalization, Inflation and Political variables.
The Influence of Political Regimes on Economic Growth in 64 Countries.
Changes in Political Leadership and Economic Performance in OECD Countries
The Competitiveness and Comparable Advantages of US Commercial Service Industry.
Strategic Competition in the Canadian Banking Industry.
The Effect of Political Cycles on Provincial Budgetary Variables.
An Investigation into the Economic Effect of Political Uncertainty on Investment.
I am willing to supervise graduate students interested in any area of political economy or in areas where the students examine the interaction between governments and the rest of the economy.
Norman J. Schofield and Maria Gallego, (2011) Leadership or Chaos: The Heart and Soul of Politics. Heidelberg: Springer. 466 pages
Gallego M, Schofield N, McAlister K, and Jeon JS. (2013) “The variable choice set logit model applied to the 2004 Canadian election.” Public Choice 158(3-4): 427-463.
Schofield N, Gallego M, Jeon JS and Muskhelishvili M. Modelling (2012) “Elections in the Caucasus.” Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 22(2): 187-214.
Schofield, N, Gallego M and Jeon JS. (2011) “Leaders, Voters and Activists in the Elections in Great Britain 2005 and 2010.” Electoral Studies (September) 30(3): 484-496.
Gallego M and Scoones D. (2011) “Intergovernmental Negotiation, Willingness to Compromise, and Voter Preference Reversals.” Social Choice and Welfare 36(3-4): 591-610.
Schofield N, Gallego M, Ozdemir U, and Zakharov A. (2011) “Competition for popular support: a valence model of elections in Turkey.” Social Choice and Welfare 36(3-4): 451-482.
Cressman R, Gallego M. (2009) “On the Ranking of Bilateral Bargaining Opponents.” Mathematical Social Sciences, 58: 64-83.
Gallego M, Pitchik C. (2004) “An Economic Theory of Leadership Turnover.” Journal of Public Economics 88(12): 2361-2382.
Gallego M. (1998) “Economic Performance and Leadership Accountability: An Econometric Analysis.” Economics and Politics 10(3):249-296.
Schofield N, Claasen C, Gallego M, and Ozdemir U. (2011) Empirical and Formal Models of the United States Presidential Elections in 2000 and 2004, in N. Schofield and G. Caballero eds., The Political Economy of Institutions, Democracy and Voting. Heidelberg, Springer. Pages 217-258.
Turner IR, Schofield N, Gallego, M (2015) “Does the “one person one vote” principle apply in the US Electoral College vote?” Chapter, in Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Scott R. A. and Kosslyn, S. M. (eds).
Schofield N and Gallego M. (2013) “Modelling Politics: Autocracy and Anocracy,” with Spanish title “La modelización de la política: autocracia y anocracia.” In Xosé Carlos Arias and Gonzalo Caballero, ed. Institutions, Economic Governance and Public Policies (with Spanish title Instituciones, Gobernanza Económica y Políticas Públicas) Madrid Spain. Requested chapter.
Gallego M, Schofield N, Kilgour M. (2011) “Introduction to the Special Issue of the Political Economy of Elections and Bargaining.” Social Choice and Welfare 36(3-4): 355-364.
The Political Economy of Social Choices (PBSC), (2015) Program Chair, five-day international workshop, held in May 2015 at the Banff International Research Station, Banff, Alberta to be held in Oaxaca, Mexico.
The Canadian Public Economic Group (CPEG 2011), Program Chair, two-day international workshop, held November 4-5, 2011 in Waterloo, Ontario. Jointly organized with John Burbidge (Economics, Waterloo). Sponsors: from Wilfrid Laurier University: Laurier Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis (LCERPA), the Department of Economics, the School of Business and Economics. The Department of Economics at the University of Waterloo. The Canadian Economics Association and the Canadian Public Economic Group (CPEG). A total of 45 people came to CPEG: 2 keynotes, 14 presenters and 29 attendees, http://www.cpeg.ca/
The Political Economy of Bargaining (PEB 2008) – Program Chair and organizer, three-day international workshop held in Waterloo, Canada April 24-26, 2008. Jointly organized with Norman Schofield (Economics and Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis) and Philippe De Donder (Toulouse School of Economics). Sponsors: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Wilfrid Laurier University, the Laurier Centre for Economic Policy (LCEP) and the Laurier Office of Research Services. A total of 36 people came to PEB: 5 keynotes, 12 presenters, and 19 attendees, http://www.wlu.ca/sbe/gallego/PEB2008/.