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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Political economy: corruption, public management, and campaign contributions; development economics: credit constraints and entrepreneurship, and industrial policy.
Development economics, political economy, and behavioral economics.
Empirical applications in public economics and political economy; corporate tax; public and private pensions; and political economy of public policies.
Behavioral and experimental economics, political economy of development, culture, and religion.
Political economics, culture and economics, and finance.
International macroeconomics and finance, with a focus on sovereign debt.
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.
Economic geography, urban economics, trade, and labor.
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