Doctoral Student

Christopher William Poliquin

Chris Poliquin is a sixth-year doctoral student in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School studying the effects of information and communication technology on firms in Brazil. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Book Chapters

  1. Citizens' Perceptions and the Disconnect Between Economics and Regulatory Policy

    Jonathan Baron, William T. McEnroe and Christopher Poliquin

    Economic theory is clear about the advantages and disadvantages of various ways of regulating negative externalities, such as command and control, cap and trade, taxation, subsidies, and tort law. Yet public policy rarely follows the recommendations that follow from the theory. For example, the standard recommendations for reducing CO2 emissions involve carbon taxes or some form of cap and trade, but discussions of "realistic" ways to reduce emissions in the U.S. have involved mileage standards, command and control regulation of power plants, and tax subsidies for energy efficiency. In democracies such as the U.S., policies must have at least some public support. Citizens' limited understanding of the economics of regulation can lead to lack of support for optimal policies. In studies on the World Wide Web, we document some failures, and some successes, of ordinary citizens to think through the economics of alternative policies. Among other issues, we examine understanding of the secondary effects of taxation vs. subsidies, and understanding of the role of limited information (on the part of polluters, or governments) in the choice between command-and-control regulation and tort law or taxation.

    Keywords: regulation; Government and Politics; decision making; Decision Making; Government and Politics; United States;


    Baron, Jonathan, William T. McEnroe, and Christopher Poliquin. "Citizens' Perceptions and the Disconnect Between Economics and Regulatory Policy." In Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation, edited by Cary Coglianese. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. View Details

Working Papers

  1. The Impact of Mass Shootings on Gun Policy

    Michael Luca, Deepak Malhotra and Christopher Poliquin

    There have been dozens of high-profile mass shootings in recent decades. This paper presents three main findings about the impact of mass shootings on gun policy. First, mass shootings evoke large policy responses. A single mass shooting leads to a 15% increase in the number of firearm bills introduced in a state in the year after a mass shooting. Second, mass shootings account for a small portion of all gun deaths but have an outsized influence relative to other homicides. Our estimates suggest that the per-death impact of mass shootings on bills introduced is about 80 times as large as the impact of individual gun homicides on non-mass shooting incidents. Third, when looking at enacted laws, the impact of mass shootings depends on the party in power. A mass shooting increases the number of enacted laws that loosen gun restrictions by 75% in states with Republican-controlled legislatures. We find no significant effect of mass shootings on laws enacted when there is a Democrat-controlled legislature.

    Keywords: Crime and Corruption; Policy;


    Luca, Michael, Deepak Malhotra, and Christopher Poliquin. "The Impact of Mass Shootings on Gun Policy." Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 16-126, May 2016. (Revised October 2016.) View Details
  2. What Makes the Bonding Stick? A Natural Experiment Involving the U.S. Supreme Court and Cross-Listed Firms

    Amir N. Licht, Christopher Poliquin, Jordan I. Siegel and Xi Li

    On March 29, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court signaled its intention to geographically limit the reach of the U.S. securities antifraud regime and thus differentially exclude U.S.-listed foreign firms from the ambit of formal U.S. antifraud enforcement. We use this legal surprise as a natural experiment to test the legal bonding hypothesis. This event nonetheless was met with positive or indifferent market reactions based on matched samples, Brown-Warner, and portfolio analyses. These results challenge the value of at least the U.S. civil liability regime, as currently designed, as a legal bonding mechanism in such firms.

    Keywords: Crime and Corruption; International Finance; Investment; Corporate Governance; Governing Rules, Regulations, and Reforms; Courts and Trials; Legal Liability; United States;


    Licht, Amir N., Christopher Poliquin, Jordan I. Siegel, and Xi Li. "What Makes the Bonding Stick? A Natural Experiment Involving the U.S. Supreme Court and Cross-Listed Firms." Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 11-072, January 2011. (Revised August 2013.) View Details

Cases and Teaching Materials

  1. Unilever's New Recipe for Growth

    Jordan Siegel, Christopher Poliquin and Barbara Zepp Larson

    This case looks at Unilever and its ongoing efforts at regional strategy and organizational change in Europe.

    Keywords: regional strategy; aggregation; Organizational change; Global Strategy; Consumer Products Industry; Europe;


    Siegel, Jordan, Christopher Poliquin, and Barbara Zepp Larson. "Unilever's New Recipe for Growth." Harvard Business School Case 713-418, March 2013. (Revised May 2014.) View Details
  2. Yum! Brands

    Jordan Siegel and Christopher Poliquin

    Yum!, the owner of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, asks what might be the lessons from its success in China for currently contemplated expansion into India and Africa. Also, the company contemplates whether Taco Bell can succeed abroad as part of a new expansion push. Also, the case asks what distance barriers are relevant for a fast food company specializing in part on fried chicken and Tex-Mex food.

    Keywords: international business; international marketing; Global Strategy; Competitive Strategy; Food and Beverage Industry; United States; Europe; Australia; Africa; Asia;


    Siegel, Jordan, and Christopher Poliquin. "Yum! Brands." Harvard Business School Case 712-422, May 2012. (Revised October 2012.) View Details
  3. Baxter's Asia Pacific 'Talent Edge' Initiative

    Jordan Siegel, Mimi Xi and Christopher Poliquin

    This case examines whether multinationals have a potential competitive weapon in aggressively exploiting social schisms in host labor markets and in hiring and promoting senior managers from excluded groups.

    Keywords: Labor; Selection and Staffing; Groups and Teams;


    Siegel, Jordan, Mimi Xi, and Christopher Poliquin. "Baxter's Asia Pacific 'Talent Edge' Initiative." Harvard Business School Case 711-408, October 2010. (Revised March 2013.) View Details