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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.
Political economy of development, economics of inequality, economic history, and public economics.
Applied macroeconomics, international economics, and corporate finance.
Macroeconomics of labor markets, public economies, behavioral economics, and the economics of national security.
Applied microeconomics, labor economics and public economics.
Comparative local political economy, civil society, development economics, and public economics.
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 economics, labor economics, urban economics; focus on effects of national- and local-level public policies and infrastructure investments on firm location decisions, local labor markets, and productivity growth. Implications for policy design, governance, and prospects for institutional reform.
Bureaucrats; political dynasties; partition; voter information and coordination.
Political economy of development with a focus on state capacity and conflict; public economics and labor economics with a focus on taxation and inequality.
Labor economics, political economy of redistribution, and applied issues in international and comparative political economy.
Political economy: corruption, public management, and representation; development economics: entrepreneurship and financial solutions for the poor.
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.
Economic and financial history, political economy, development economics, and commodity markets.
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.
Political economy, labor economics, and behavioral economics.
Saul X. Yang
Microeconomic theory, organizational economics, economic history, comparative politics.
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.