Petar V. Stankov Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Petar V. Stankov

Lecturer (Teaching Focused)
Economics Department, Royal Holloway, University of London

I am a teaching-focused lecturer of Economics at Royal Holloway, University of London. I have published on the political economy of populism, economic growth, economic freedom reforms, and the variety of reform outcomes across countries. I have taught Economics of the EU, Institutional Economics, Monetary Economics, and Evaluation Economics. I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA, UK (SFHEA) and a Graduate Teaching Fellow of the CERGE-EI Foundation, US. My Ph.D. is from CERGE-EI in Prague.


I have joined RHUL Economics Department in 2018. I was at the University of National and World Economy before that, trying to change how Economics is being taught in Eastern Europe.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Political economy of populism; Economic freedom reforms and welfare; Teaching Economics



Featured Title
 Featured Title - The Political Economy of Populism (OA): Stankov - 1st Edition book cover


Journal of Policy Modeling

Business Reform Outcomes: Why So Different?

Published: Jan 11, 2019 by Journal of Policy Modeling
Authors: Petar Stankov, Aleksandar Vasilev
Subjects: Economics, Finance, Business & Industry

Post-crisis policy making focuses on doing business reforms. The effects of those reforms will be different across countries. To understand why, we advance a novel firm-size distribution (FSDs) argument. At the centre of the argument is the fact that FSDs are different across countries and stable over time. Then, if a given doing business reform induces firms of different size to grow differently, this will produce a variety of reform outcomes across countries.

Journal of Economic Development

Deregulation, Economic Growth and Growth Acceleration

Published: Jan 12, 2018 by Journal of Economic Development
Authors: Petar Stankov
Subjects: Economics, Finance, Business & Industry

The paper studies the effects of credit-, labour-, and product market deregulation policies on economic growth in more than 70 economies over a period of 40 years. Deregulation contributed to the income levels of the early and consistent reformers relatively more than to the ones of the late reformers. The paper also finds a significant growth acceleration effect from market-oriented reforms over shorter periods of time. However, the growth acceleration effects dissipate over longer periods.

Comparative Economic Studies

The Political Economy of Populism: An Empirical Investigation

Published: Jan 06, 2018 by Comparative Economic Studies
Authors: Petar Stankov
Subjects: Economics, Finance, Business & Industry

Macro-shocks affect the demand for populism. I expand electoral data on left- and right-wing populism and link them with macroeconomic shocks. Negative shocks consistently predict a surge in populist votes, even in the presence of inherent populist cycles. Shocks also affect election outcomes of left-wing and right-wing populists differently. Finally, European and Latin American voters are different, yet converging, in their post-crisis preferences for populism.