Daniel Berkowitz works on comparative institutions and development and law and finance. His early work on Russia studied the role of local finances and politics on the evolution of market reforms. He has documented the long run effects transplantation of legal codes and how the quality of legal institutions affects trade flows around the world. His ongoing work on China analyzes state owned enterprises, local government, property laws and anti-corruption reforms. He has an ongoing project on fracking has affected consumer financial well-being.
Daniel and Gerard Roland served for ten years managing co-editors of the Journal of Comparative Economics, which is the leading field journal in comparative institutions. His publications have appeared in good outlets including the European Economic Review, the Journal of Comparative Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Law, Economics and Organizations, the Journal of Legal Studies, the Journal of Public Economics and the Review of Economics and Statistics.