Our PhD in Political Economy and Government (PEG) 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 PEG students and their areas of interest are listed below.
Political economy of development, distributive politics, migration, and contentious politics.
Salvador Ascencio Pastora
Political economy, economic development, and public finance.
Political economy of inequality, economic history, law and economics, and judicial politics.
Labor economics, health economics, economic history, and the economics of education.
Political economy, public finance, and labor economics.
Political representation with a focus on elections, local news, and legislative redistricting.
Political economy, comparative politics, economic inequality and redistribution, and gender.
Political economy, economic development, public finance, and comparative politics. Specific interests in state capacity, public service delivery, corruption, social networks, electoral integrity, and clientelism.
José Ramón Enríquez
Political economy of elites with a focus on political dynasties. Political economy of development.
Labor economics, public finance, and political economy.
International political economy, international finance, economic history, and international trade with a focus on firm heterogeneities.
Public finance, labor economics, and political economy.
Political economy and formal theory.
Political economy, economic history, comparative politics, and international relations.
Awa Ambra Seck
Development economics, political economy, and labor economics.
Cultural economics, development economics, and economic history.
Development economics, public finance, and political economy.
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Faculty & Research
New, creative research on urgent public policy problems happens here at Harvard Kennedy School.