Dana Foarta

Octavia Dana Foarta
Assistant Professor, Political Economy
Contact Info
Academic Area: 
Political Economy

Research Statement

Dana Foarta’s research examines the links between macroeconomics and political economy. It focuses on the coordination of government policies within banking unions, on the links between local and supranational regulation and on the effects of government interventions in financial markets. Her most recent work studies the welfare effects of policy coordination in banking unions, as well as the efficiency and welfare effects of centralizing banking regulation.

Research Interests

  • Political Economy
  • Regulation of Banks and Financial Institutions
  • The Design of Supranational Institutions
  • Public Debt and Fiscal Policy


Dana Foarta is an Assistant Professor of Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She teaches a core MBA course, Strategy Beyond Markets. Her current research examines the links between macroeconomics and political economy, with a focus of bank regulation and government interventions in financial markets. Dana received her PhD in Economics from MIT and her BA in Economics and Mathematics from Amherst College.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2014
  • BA, Economics & Mathematics, Amherst College, 2009

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Stanford GSB, 2014-present

Awards and Honors

  • John A. Gunn & Cynthia Fry Gunn Faculty Scholar, 2015-2016


Journal Articles

Dana Foarta. American Economic Review (forthcoming). April 2018.

Working Papers

Wait-and-See or Step in? Dynamics of Interventions | PDF
Dana Foarta, Takuo Sugaya, October 162018
Strategic Complexity when Seeking Approval
Vladimir Asriyan, Dana Foarta, Victoria Vanasco, March 2018
Value for Money? Community Targeting in Vote-Buying and Politician Accountability | PDF
Jessica Leight, Dana Foarta, Rohini Pande, Laura Ralston, December 192017
Unification versus Separation of Regulatory Institutions | PDF
Dana Foarta, Takuo Sugaya, February 152017
Politically Feasible Public Bailouts | PDF
Dana Foarta, April 2015


Degree Courses


This course provides an introduction to microeconomic theory designed to meet the needs of students in the GSB non-Economics PhD programs. The course will cover the standard economic models of individual decision-making, models of consumer...

Politicians, regulators, and voters place limits on - and present opportunities for - nearly every business. Firms like Uber, Airbnb, and Google do not only remain cognizant of existing laws, they also look for opportunities to change the law in...

Stanford Case Studies

nuTonomy: The Global Race to Get a Robotaxi to Your Door | P91
Dana Foarta, Damien Scott2017

Stanford University Affiliations

Greater Stanford University

School News

September 9, 2014
Stanford GSB welcomes seven tenure-line faculty and 17 lecturers from a range of disciplines who will infuse the school’s curriculum with fresh perspectives.