David Yanagizawa-Drott

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
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David Yanagizawa-Drott


David Yanagizawa-Drott is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research interests include economic development and political economy, with special focus on civil conflict, health, information and mass media. He has explored issues such as the impact of hate propaganda on violence during the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, the relationship between the government and the mass media, and how price information affects the functioning of agricultural markets in developing countries. He is currently conducting randomized evaluations in Uganda that investigate innovative ways to solve part of the healthcare service delivery problem, as well as the problem of fake and substandard medicines in developing countries. Born in Sweden, he holds a M.Sc in Economics from University of Gothenburg and a PhD in Economics from Stockholm University.



  • API-202-I Empirical Methods II for International and Global Affairs


For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Yanagizawa-Drott, David. "Propaganda and Conflict: Evidence from the Rwandan Genocide." Quarterly Journal of Economics 129.4 (2014).
    • Madestam, Andreas, Daniel Shoag, Stan Veuger, and David Yanagizawa-Drott. "Do Political Protests Matter? Evidence from the Tea Party Movement." Quarterly Journal of Economics 128.4 (2013).

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