PEG PhD candidate Meliheh Paryavi

Current Students

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.


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


Laura Blattner

Applied macroeconomics, international economics, and public finance.


John Coglianese

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


Elizabeth Davis

Political economy, public finance, and the economics of education.


Mauricio Fernández Duque

Behavioral political economy of development, with a methodological focus on experiments. Mauricio’s current research focuses on public good provision (related to charitable giving), and program evaluation (related to microfinance and nutritional policy).


Yehoshua Ehrenberg

Emergence and development of markets, primarily for financial products and the legal, regulatory, cultural, and political environment that enables them to thrive.


Angela Fonseca Galvis

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


Juan Sebastián Galán

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, and normative economics.


Siddharth George

Development economics: education and taxation; political economy: political selection, corruption, and voting theory; labor economics: networks and inequality; and market design.


Soeren Henn

Political economy of development, macroeconomics, and 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
Industrial organization, finance, and political economy of energy markets. Sabrina’s 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, attitudes and perceptions, and critical junctures in history and their interaction with attitudes and perceptions.


Guilherme Lichand
Political economy: corruption, public management, and campaign contributions; development economics: credit constraints and entrepreneurship, and 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; and political economy of public policies.


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


Andrea Passalacqua
Political economics, culture and economics, and finance.


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


Edoardo Teso
Political economy of development, political economy of mass media, and 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; and 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.

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