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.
Development economics, public economics, political economy, and economic history.
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.
American politics, elections, and legislative redistricting. Labor economics with a focus on subjective well-being and time use.
Enrico Di Gregorio
Public finance, political economy and culture.
Youth civic engagement, social accountability, and political economy of public service provision.
Political economy, economic development, and public finance with specific interests in public service delivery, state capacity, social networks, 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.
Economic development, sustainability, 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.
International political economy of trade, institutions, formal theory, and economic history.
Political economy and formal theory.
Economic and financial history, political economy, comparative politics, development economics, and commodity markets.
Awa Ambra Seck
Development economics, political economy, and labor economics.
Cultural economics, development economics, and economic history.
International economics and political economy.
Development economics, public finance, and political economy.
Political economy, empirical macroeconomics, and public economics.
Saul X. Yang
Economic history and organizational economics.