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Aina Gallego Dobón

Aina Gallego Dobón

Senior Research Associate, IBEI

Associate Professor, Universitat de Barcelona

Research Associate, Institute of Political Economy and Governance

ICREA Academia researcher


Aina Gallego is Senior Research Associate at IBEI, Associate Professor of Political Science at the Universitat de Barcelona, a Research Associate at the Institute of Political Economy and Governance and ICREA Academia researcher.

Previously, she was Ramon y Cajal Fellow and Associate Professor at IBEI and a post-doctoral researcher at the Spanish High Research Council and at Stanford University. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and have been the recipient of a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant.

Gallego has an ongoing interest in the political representation of the poor. Her book "Unequal Participation Worldwide" analyzed inequalities in voter turnout in a comparative perspective and argued that such gaps can be reduced through institutional reforms. In a current project with Marta Curto, they examine if the interests of the poor are better represented by politicians of a similar socio-economic background. In another project with Paul Marx, they ask what are the likely political consequences of one of the main drivers of increasing income inequality, namely skill-biased technological change.

Aina has also conducted extensive research on other topics such as the political consequences of corruption, the effects of personality on political behavior, or the origins of dual ethnic identities in contexts with ethnopolitical conflict such as Catalonia.

Aina gallego contributes to the Political Science blog http://www.eldiario.es/piedrasdepapel/

Background and education

  • (2008) PhD in Political Science, Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • (2003) BA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


2015. Best article prize for “Turning a Blind Eye: Experimental Evidence of Partisan Bias in Attitudes Toward Corruption” awarded by the Spanish Political Science Association.

2013. Best article prize for “Personality and Political Participation” awarded by the Spanish Political Science Association.

2009. Juan Linz Prize to the best dissertation in Political Science awarded by the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales.

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • Spanish Political Science Association
  • European Political Science Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP)


Research interests

  • Comparative politics
  • Research methods
  • Political economy

Selected publications

  • Gallego Dobón, Aina; Kurer, Thomas

    2022.Automation, Digitalization, and Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace: Implications for Political Behavior.Annual Review of Political Science,25:463-484LinkLogo open access
  • Gallego Dobón, Aina; Kurer, Thomas; Schöll, Nikolas

    2022.Neither Left-Behind nor Superstar: Ordinary Winners of Digitalization at the Ballot Box.The Journal of Politics,84 (1)LinkLogo open access
  • Gallego Dobón, Aina; Kuo, Alexander; Manzano, Dulce; Fernández-Albertos, José

    2022.Technological Risk and Policy Preferences.Comparative Political Studies,55 (1):60-92LinkLogo open access
  • Gallego Dobón, Aina; Le Mens, Gaël; Schöll, Nikolas

    2021.Politician-Citizen Interactions and Dynamic Representation: Evidence from Twitter.BSE Working Paper,1238 | February 2021LinkLogo open access
  • Beltran, Javier; Gallego Dobón, Aina; Huidobro, Alba; Romero, Enrique; Padró, Lluís

    2021.Male and female politicians on Twitter: A machine learning approach.European Journal of Political Research,LinkLogo open access
  • Gallego Dobón, Aina; Janezic, Katharina A

    2020.Eliciting preferences for truth-telling in a survey of politicians.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,Link
  • Gallego Dobón, Aina; Kurer, Thomas

    2019.Distributional consequences of technological change: Worker-level evidence.Research and Politics,6 (1):1-19LinkLogo open access
  • Huidobro, Alba; Ospina, Yeimy; Curto-Grau, Marta; Gallego, Aina

    2019.La formación de gobiernos municipales: una nueva base de datos.Revista Española de Ciencia Política,49:109-128LinkLogo open access
  • Gallego Dobón, Aina; Hierro, Maria José

    2018.Identities in between: Political Conflict and Ethnonational Identities in Multicultural States.Journal of Conflict Resolution,62 (6):1314-1339LinkLogo open access
  • Gallego Dobón, Aina.2016.Inequality and the erosion of trust among the poor: experimental evidence.Socio-Economic Review,LinkLogo open access
  • Gallego Dobón, Aina; Marx, Paul

    2016.Multi-dimensional preferences for labour market reforms: a conjoint experiment.Journal of European Public Policy,LinkLogo open access
  • Gallego Dobón, Aina; Buscha, Franz; Sturgis, Patrick; Oberski, Daniel

    2016.Places and Preferences: A Longitudinal Analysis of Self-Selection and Contextual Effects.British Journal of Political Science,46(3):529-550LinkLogo open access
  • Gallego Dobón, Aina.2015.Unequal Political Participation Worldwide.New York:Cambridge University Press.Link
All publications

Invited presentations 

  • U. de Montréal (2008, 2012)                
  • Central European University (2009)
  • Universidad de Salamanca (2009)        
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra (2009, 2014, 2015)
  • European Commission (2010)              
  • Stanford University (2011)                   
  • U. Autónoma de Querétaro (2012)        
  • C. Superior Investigaciones Científicas (2013)
  • Juan March Institute (2013)                  
  • Zurich University (2013)
  • Heidelberg University (2014)                
  • University of British Columbia (2014)    
  • Universidade de Lisboa ICS (2015)       
  • IBEI (2015, 2017)
  • Sciences Po Paris (2016)                     
  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2016)
  • Vienna University (2016)                      
  • University of Bergen (2016)
  • Dublin University (2016)                       
  • Oxford University (2016)
  • Gotheborg University (2017)