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Students in the Political Economy and Government Program register at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Students’ dissertations cover a wide range of topics.  Recent Examples include 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.

Current Students and Research Interests

Pamela Ban

American politics and political economy, with a focus on electoral politics and legislative behavior.

Laura Blattner

Applied macroeconomics, international economics, public finance

John Coglianese

Macroeconomics of labor markets, public economics, behavioral economics, and the economics of national security.

Elizabeth Davis

Political economy, public finance and the economics of education.

Mauricio Fernandez Duque

Behavioral political economy of development, with a methodological focus towards experiments. Current research focuses on public good provision (with an application to charitable giving), and program evaluation (with applications to microfinance and nutritional policy). 

Yehoshua Ehrenberg

Emergence and development of markets, mostly for financial products and the legal, regulatory, cultural and political environment enabling them to thrive.

Angela Fonseca

Institutional economics, development economics, and political economy of the policy-making process and elections.

Juan Sebastian Galan

Political economy of development, formal political theory, development economics and economic history.

Andrew Garin

Public finance, urban/spatial economics and the political economy of urban institutions, social economics, normative economics.

Siddharth George

Development economics: education and taxation.  Political economy: political selection, corruption, and voting theory.  Labor economics: networks and inequality.  Market design.

Soeren Henn

Political economy of development; macroeconomics; economics of organizations, institutions, and leadership.

Marek Hlavac

Labor economics, political economy of redistribution, and applied issues in international and comparative political economy.

Sabrina Howell

Industiral organization, finance, and political economy of energy markets. Current research focuses on oil price volatility, the Chinese auto sector, and energy startup finance.

Akos Lada

Political and economic paths of countries; co-evolution of these paths and attitudes and perceptions; critical junctures in history and their interaction with attitudes and perceptions. Learn more about Akos Lada.

Guilherme Lichand

Political economy: (i) corruption, (ii) public management and (iii) campaign contributions; development economics: (i) credit constraints and entrepreneurship, and (ii) industrial policy.

Sara Lowes

Development economics, political economy, and behavioral economics.

James Mahon

Empirical applications in public economics and political economy. Corporate tax. Public and private pensions. Political economy of public policies. Learn more about James Mahon.

Maliheh Paryavi

Behavioral and experimental economics, political economy of development, culture, and religion.

Andrea Passalacqua

Political economics, culture and economics, finance.

Jesse Schreger

International macroeconomics and finance, with a focus on sovereign debt. Learn more about Jesse Schreger.

Edoardo Teso

Political economy of development. Political economy of mass media. The impact of culture on economic outcomes.

Jon Weigel

Comparative political economy of development, especially the long-run effects of coercive political institutions on growth. Fragile states and epidemic disease. Foreign aid effectiveness.

Saul X. Yang

Economic history and development, law and economics, comparative politics, organizational economics, culture and economic sociology, new institutionalism.

Oren Ziv

Economic geography, urban economics, trade, and labor.

Career Paths for PhD in Political Economy and Government Graduates

Graduates of this program go on to positions in academia, NGOs, and government agencies.

Political Economy and Government Students on the Job Market

The 2013-2014 Job Market Candidates will be posted in the early Fall.