Mihaela Pintea

Associate Professor


Office: DM 309C

Phone: (305) 348-3733

Email: pinteam@fiu.edu

Chair: Economics


In my research I am interested in exploring determinants of long run economic growth and behavior of economies in transition. In this context I focus on public policy and the way governments can affect welfare and growth through taxation and the provision of public goods (such as in infrastructure) with different productive characteristics. I apply the theory concerning the effects on growth of R&D, learning, structural change, international trade, and public capital to different historical episodes. In the case of post WWII Europe, I quantify the direct contribution of these factors to growth using calibration methods.

Most recently I have been concerned with how different types of externalities (in leisure, consumption and/or income) affect economic growth and optimal public policy. In my ongoing research I attempt to apply these concepts to explore the evolution of female labor force participation and female welfare during the 20th century.

Selected Publications

A Quantitative Exploration of the Golden Age of European Growth [with Francisco Alvarez-Cuadrado], Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 33(7):1437-1450 (2009).

Sorting, Selection, and Industry's Shakeouts [with Peter Thompson], Review of Industrial Organization, 33(1), 23-40 (2008).

Technological Complexity and Economic Growth [with Peter Thompson)] Review of Economic Dynamics, 10(2), 276-293 (2007).

Public and Private Production in a Two-Sector Economy [with Stephen Turnovsky], Journal of Macroeconomics, 28(2):273-302 (2006).

Fiscal Policy in a Two-Sector Economy with Public Capital and Congestion: A Numerical Analysis (with Stephen Turnovsky), Computational Economics, 28(2):177-209 (2006).

Areas of Expertise



PhD: University of Washington, 2003