Ariel Luis Wirkieman is a research economist who graduated from University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (BSc.), National University of La Plata, Argentina (MSc.) and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy (Ph.D), where he currently holds a research fellowship for the study of economic networks. His main research activity is focused on the quantitative analysis of general interdependence in industrial systems. In particular, he has applied econometric, input-output and graph-theoretic techniques to problems related to economic structure, technical progress and international trade. Before his doctoral studies, he served as economic officer to the Economic Policy Secretariat of the Ministry of Economy and Production in Argentina, as well as junior researcher at the Economic Research Institute of the University of Buenos Aires.
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Recent years have witnessed the flourishing of a body of economic literature concerned with the search for empirical evidence of a positive relation between political connections, economic rent and the value of firms. The present paper contributes to the strand of this literature that deals with the quantitative measurement of the value of the political connections of firms.
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