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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.
American politics and political economy, with a focus on electoral politics and legislative behavior.
Applied macroeconomics, international economics, public finance
Public economics, behavioral economics, and the economics of national security.
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).
Emergence and development of markets, mostly for financial products and the legal, regulatory, cultural and political environment enabling them to thrive.
Institutional economics, development economics, and political economy of the policy-making process and elections.
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, normative economics.
Development economics: education and taxation. Political economy: political selection, corruption, and voting theory. Labor economics: networks and inequality. Market design.
Political economy of development; macroeconomics; economics of organizations, institutions, and leadership.
Labor economics, political economy of redistribution, and applied issues in international and comparative political economy.
Industiral organization, finance, and political economy of energy markets. 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 and attitudes and perceptions; critical junctures in history and their interaction with attitudes and perceptions. Learn more about Akos Lada.
Political economy: (i) corruption, (ii) public management and (iii) campaign contributions; development economics: (i) credit constraints and entrepreneurship, and (ii) industrial policy.
Development economics, political economy, and behavioral economics.
Empirical applications in public economics and political economy. Corporate tax. Public and private pensions. Political economy of public policies. Learn more about James Mahon.
Behavioral and experimental economics, political economy of development, culture, and religion.
Political economics, culture and economics, finance.
International macroeconomics and finance, with a focus on sovereign debt. Learn more about Jesse Schreger.
Political economy of development. Political economy of mass media. 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. Foreign aid effectiveness.
Economic geography, urban economics, trade, and labor.