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Our PhD in Political Economy and Government students are registered at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and delve into a broad range of research areas during their time at Harvard.
Recent dissertations have examined the rising role of primary elections in Latin American politics, the role of ethnicity and institutions in the political economy of African development, and the microfoundations of economic growth. Our current Political Economy and Government doctoral students and their areas of interest are listed below.
American politics and political economy, with a focus on electoral politics and legislative behavior.
Applied macroeconomics, international economics, and public finance.
Macroeconomics of labor markets, public economies, behavioral economics, and the economics of national security.
Political economy, public finance, and the economics of education.
Emergence and development of markets, primarily for financial products and the legal, regulatory, cultural, and political environment that enables them to thrive.
Juan Sebastián Galán
Political economy of development, formal political theory, development economics, and economic history.
Public finance, urban/spatial economics and the political economy of urban institutions, social economics, and normative economics.
Development economics: education and taxation; political economy: political selection, corruption, and voting theory; labor economics: networks and inequality; and market design.
Political economy of development, macroeconomics, and economics of organizations, institutions and leadership.
Labor economics, political economy of redistribution, and applied issues in international and comparative political economy.
Political economy: corruption, public management, and campaign contributions; development economics: credit constraints and entrepreneurship, and industrial policy.
Development economics, political economy, and behavioral economics.
Behavioral and experimental economics, political economy of development, culture, and religion.
Political economics, culture and economics, and finance.
Political economy of development, political economy of mass media, and the impact of culture on economic outcomes.
Comparative political economy of development, especially the long-run effects of coercive political institutions on growth; fragile states and epidemic disease; and foreign aid effectiveness.
Saul X. Yang
Economic history and development, law and economics, comparative politics, organizational economics, culture and economic sociology, new institutionalism.
Learn about current PEG PhD candidates on the job market.
Guilherme Lichand PEG PhD candidate is researching how rainfall insurance affects a farmer’s cognitive capacity.