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Learn about the dissertations of our PhD in Political Economy and Government graduates and their job placements directly following graduation.

Dissertations and Job Placements of PEG PhD Graduates
2017-present

2020

Andrea Passalacqua

Dissertation Title: Essays on Banking and Corporate Finance
Advisor: Jeremy Stein

Job Placement:
Economist
Federal Reserve Board

2019

Juan Sebastián Galán

Dissertation Title: Essays on the Political Economy of Latin American Development
Advisors: Melissa DellNathan Nunn

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor of Economics
Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Siddharth George

Dissertation Title: Essays in Development Economics
Advisor: Rohini Pande

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor of Economics
Dartmouth College

Soeren J. Henn

Dissertation Title: Essays on State Building and Economic Development
Advisors: Torben IversenNathan Nunn

Job Placement:
Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Innovations for Poverty Action
University of Chicago

2018

Pamela Ban

Dissertation Title: The Changing Influence of Committees in Congress
Advisor: James M. Snyder, Jr.

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
University of California San Diego

Laura Blattner

Dissertation Title: Essays on Finance and Economic Policy
Advisors: Gita GopinathJeremy Stein

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor of Finance
Finance Group
Stanford Graduate School of Business

John Coglianese

Dissertation Title: Essays on the Macroeconomics of Labor Markets
Advisor: Lawrence Katz

Job Placement:
Economist
Research Division, Labor Markets Group
Federal Reserve Board

Andrew Garin

Dissertation Title: Essays on the Economics of Labor Demand and Policy Incidence
Advisors: Nathaniel HendrenLawrence Katz

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Edoardo Teso

Dissertation Title: Essays in Political Economy
Advisor: Alberto Alesina

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences
Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

Jonathan Weigel

Dissertation Title: Taxation, Corruption, and Engagement With the Formal State: Experimental Evidence From the D.R. Congo
Advisor: James Robinson

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor of International Development
International Development Department
London School of Economics and Political Science

2017

Marek Hlavac

Dissertation Title: Essays in Political Economy
Advisor: Torben Iversen

Job Placement:
Economics Teacher
United World Colleges (UWC) Adriatic

Danial Lashkari

Dissertation Title: Essays on Innovation and Growth
Advisors: Pol AntràsMarc Melitz

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Boston College

Sara Lowes

Dissertation Title: Understanding the Process of Economic Development: Essays on Culture and Institutions
Advisor: Nathan Nunn

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Bocconi University

2011-2016

2016

Guilherme Lichand

Dissertation Title: Essays in Development Economics
Advisor: Nathan Nunn

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
University of Zurich

2015

Mauricio Fernández Duque

Dissertation Title: Essays on Social Influence in Political Economy: How Expectations and Identity Affect Pro-Social Leading and Following
Advisor: Michael Hiscox

Job Placement:
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Harvard University

Angela Fonseca Galvis

Dissertation Title: Essays on Political Economy
Advisor: James Robinson

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana 

Sabrina Howell

Dissertation Title: Essays in Energy Economics and Entrepreneurial Finance
Advisors: Josh LernerDavid S. Scharfstein

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Finance
New York University Stern School of Business

Akos Lada

Dissertation Title: The Clash of Brothers: Wars to Avoid Diffusion in a Contagious World
Advisors: James RobinsonAndrei Shleifer

Job Placement:
Economist
Core Data Science Division
Facebook

James Mahon

Dissertation Title: Essays in US Fiscal Policy
Advisors: Raj ChettyEdward Glaeser

Job Placement:
Manager
Transfer Pricing Division
Deloitte Tax

Jesse Schreger

Dissertation Title: Essays in International Finance and Macroeconomics
Advisors: Gita GopinathKenneth Rogoff

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Harvard Business School
(Post-Doc at Princeton University, Department of Economics)

Oren Ziv

Dissertation Title: Essays in Economic Geography
Advisors: Edward GlaeserMarc Melitz

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Michigan State University
(Post-Doc at Dartmouth College)

2014

Jessica Blankshain

Dissertation Title: Essays on Interservice Rivalry and American Civil-Military Relations
Advisor: Daniel Carpenter

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
United States Naval College

Joana Naritomi

Dissertation Title: Essays in Public Finance and Development Economics
Advisor: Raj Chetty, Michael Kremer

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor of Economics
London School of Economics and Political Science

Arash Nekoei

Dissertation Title: Essays on Unemployment and Labor Supply
Advisor: Raj Chetty, Lawrence Katz

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor of Economics
Institute for Economic Studies

Hye Young You

Dissertation Title: Three Essays on Lobbying
Advisor: James M. Snyder, Jr.

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Vanderbilt University

2013

Paul Novosad

Dissertation Title: Essays on Local Economic Growth in India
Advisor: Asim Khwaja

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor of Economics
Dartmouth College

2012

Eliana Carranza

Dissertation Title: Economics Sources of Son Preference, Sex-Differential Treatment and Household Fertility Behavior
Advisor: Lawrence Katz

Job Placement:
Economist
The World Bank

Tim Ganser

Dissertation Title: Politics and Policy: Essays in Economics
Advisor: Andrei Shleifer

Job Placement:
Associate
McKinsey & Company

Supreet Kaur

Dissertation Title: Essays on Labor Markets in Developing Countries
Advisor: Sendhil Mullainathan

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs
Columbia University

2011

Ryan Bubb

Dissertation Title: Essays in Institutional Economics
Advisor: Sendhil Mullainathan

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor of Law
New York University School of Law

Martin Kanz

Dissertation Title: Essays in Finance and Development Economics
Advisor: Andrei Shleifer

Job Placement:
Economist
The World Bank

Rodrigo Wagner

Dissertation Title: Macroeconomic Recovery, Export Innovation and the Coordination of Entrepreneurs in the Global Economy
Advisor: Dani Rodrik

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Tufts University

2005-2010

2010

Lucy Clare Barnes

Dissertation Title: Essays on the Political Economy of Redistribution
Advisor: Torben Iversen

Job Placement:
Prize Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Magnus gustav Feldmann

Dissertation Title: Post Communist Capitalism: The Politics of Institutional Development
Advisor: Torben Iversen

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
School of Sociology, Politics, and International Relations
University of Bristol

Daniel Fetter

Dissertation Title: Federal Policy and the Mid-century Transformation in U.S. Housing Markets
Advisor: Edward Glaeser

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Wellesley College

2009

Dilyan Donchev

Dissertation Title: Essays on Corruption Measurement, Trust, and Investors in Eastern Europe
Advisor: Jeffry Frieden

Job Placement:
Researcher
International Finance Corporation
The World Bank

Joseph Mazor

Dissertation Title: A Liberal Theory of Natural Resource Property Rights
Advisor: Dennis F. Thompson

Job Placement:
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Center for Human Values
Princeton University

Sandip Suktahnkar

Dissertation Title: Essays in Development Economics
Advisor: Sendhil Mullainathan

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Dartmouth College

2008

Alexis J. Diamond

Dissertation Title: Essays on Causal Inference in Observational Studies
Advisor: Rubin

Job Placement:
Economist
The World Bank

Maria Petrova

Dissertation Title: Political Economy of Media Capture
Advisor: Kenneth A. Shepsle

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
New Economic School, Moscow

Philipp Schnabl

Dissertation Title: Essays on Banking and Corporate Finance
Advisor: Sendhil Mullainathan

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Finance
New York University Stern School of Business

Gilles Serra

Dissertation Title: Why and When Do Political Parties Adopt Primary Elections? A Theoretical and Comparative Study
Advisor: Kenneth A. Shepsle

Job Placement:
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Nuffield College, Oxford University

Katharine Romaine Emans Sims

Dissertation Title: Balancing Land Conservation and Economic Development: Three Essays
Advisor: Robert Stavins

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Amherst College

2007

Gernot Wagner

Dissertation Title: Essays on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Advisor: Robert Stavins

Job Placement:
Consultant
Boston Consulting Group

2006

Randall Kekoa Quinones Akee

Dissertation Title: Three Essays in Economic Development: Lessons from Three Small Indigenous Nations
Advisor: Sendhil Mullainathan

Job Placement:
Research Associate
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Bonn, Germany

Rebecca Thornton

Dissertation Title: Incentives and Information in Developing Countries
Advisor: Michael Kremer

Job Placement:
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Population Research Center
University of Michigan

2005

Shanna Rose

Dissertation Title: Essays in Institutions and Fiscal Policy in the American States
Advisor: James Alt

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
State University of New York at Stony Brook

Alexander Wagner

Dissertation Title: Essays on Organizational Economics
Advisor: Richard Zeckhauser

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor of Finance and Financial Markets
University of Zurich

1999-2004

2004

Shigeo Hirano

Dissertation Title: Party Labels, Institutions and Personal Politics in the United States and Japan
Advisor: James Alt

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
New York University

Adrian Ma

Dissertation Title: Essays on International Price Co-Movements
Advisor: Dale Jorgenson

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Trent University

Martin Sandbu

Dissertation Title: Explorations in Process-Dependent Preference Theory
Advisor: Amartya Sen

Job Placement:
Post-Doctoral Fellow
The Earth Institute
Columbia University

Jeremy Weinstein

Dissertation Title: Inside Rebellion: The Political Economy of Rebel Organization
Advisor: Robert H. Bates

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Stanford University

Rachel Deyette Werkema

Dissertation Title: Access, Choice, and Opportunity: Three Studies of Educational Inequality
Advisor: Katherine S. Newman

Job Placement:
Deputy Research Director
MassINC

Etienne Yehoue

Dissertation Title: Currency Blocs and International Risk Sharing
Advisor: Jeffrey Frankel

Job Placement:
Economist
The World Bank

2003

Amanda Friedenberg

Dissertation Title: Epistemic Analysis of Games
Advisor: Adam Brandenburger

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor of Economics
Olin Business School
Washington University in St. Louis

2002

Daniel Devroye

Dissertation Title: Essays on Inequality: Causes and Consequences of Income Differences in the American Political Economy
Advisor: Richard B. Freeman

Job Placement:
Associate
McKinsey & Company

Lucy Goodhart

Dissertation Title: Moderating Passions? Coalition Government and Policy Cycles in Advanced, Industrialized Democracies
Advisor: Jeffrey Frankel

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Columbia University

Anne Joseph

Dissertation Title: Political Appointees and Auditors of Politics: Essays on Oversight of the American Bureaucracy
Advisor: Christopher Avery

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Berkeley Law School

Ruben Lubowski

Dissertation Title: Determinant of Land-Use Transitions in the United States: Econometric Analysis of Changes Among the Major Land-Use Categories
Advisor: Robert Stavins

Job Placement:
Research Economist
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Jian-li Yang

Dissertation Title: Strategic Ambiguity in Electoral Politics
Advisor: Richard Zeckhauser

Job Placement:

2001

Mary Kay Gugerty

Dissertation Title: Savings, Sanctions, and Support: Essays on Collective Action and Community Organizations in Kenya
Advisor: Merilee Grindle

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
Evans School of Public Affairs
University of Washington

Nathaniel owen Keohane

Dissertation Title: Essays in the Economics of Environmental Policy
Advisor: Robert Stavins

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Yale University School of Management

Raja Nazrin

Dissertation Title: Essays on Economic Growth in Malaysia in the Twentieth Century
Advisor: C. Peter Timmer

Job Placement:
Crown Prince
Perak, Malaysia

2000

Miriam Jorgensen

Dissertation Title: Bringing the Background Forward: Evidence from Indian Country on the Social and Cultural Determinants of Economic Development
Advisor: Joseph Kalt

Job Placement:
Senior Researcher
Harvard Project on American Indian Development

Vladimir Klyuev

Dissertation Title: Essays on Monetary and Exchange Rate Policy in Transition Economies
Advisor: Dani Rodrik

Job Placement:
Economist
International Monetary Fund

Kathleen O’Neill

Dissertation Title: Decentralization in the Andes: Power to the People or Party Politics?
Advisor: Robert H. Bates, Jorge I. Dominguez, Dani Rodrik

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Cornell University

Anne Wren

Dissertation Title: Distributional Trade-offs and Partisan Politics in the Post-Industrial Economy
Advisor: Robert H. BatesPeter A. HallTorben IversenPaul Pierson

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Stanford University

1999

Sousan Abadian

Dissertation Title: From Wasteland to Homeland: Trauma and the Renewal of Indigenous Peoples and Their Communities
Advisor: Amartya Sen

Job Placement:
Consultant
Private Company

Alison Alter

Dissertation Title: The Allocation of Legislative Property Rights in Comparative Perspective: The German Bundesrat and the United States Senate
Advisor: Kenneth A. Shepsle

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Stanford University

Roop Jyoti

Dissertation Title: Investment Appraisal of Management Strategies for Addressing Uncertainties
Advisor: Glenn P. Jenkins

Job Placement:
Vice-Chairman
Jyoti Group of Companies

Ishtiaq Pasha Mahmood

Dissertation Title: Technological Innovation in East Asia and the Role of Business Groups
Advisor: F.M. Scherer

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
National University of Singapore

Rosemary Fernholz

Dissertation Title: Sustained Farmer Participation in Social Forestry: Case Study in the Philippines
Advisor: C. Peter Timmer

Job Placement:
Visiting Professor
College of Business and Economy
De La Salle University, Philippines

1993-1998

1998

Scott c. Bradford

Dissertation Title: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Trade Protection in Industrialized Democracies
Advisor: Robert Lawrence

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Brigham Young University

Mihir A. Desai

Dissertation Title: Essays in Corporate and Public Finance
Advisor: Christopher Avery

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Harvard Business School

Sven e. Feldmann

Dissertation Title: Electoral Competition, Interest Group Influence, and Direct Democracy: Three Essays in Positive Political Economy
Advisor: Kenneth A. Shepsle

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Harris School of Public Policy
University of Chicago

David D. Kane

Dissertation Title: Disagreement
Advisor: Richard Zeckhauser

Job Placement:
Consultant
Private Investment Company

Melissa a. Thomas

Dissertation Title: Building the Rule of Law: Government Design for Legal Implementation
Advisor: Robert H. Bates

Job Placement:
Economist
The World Bank

1997

Fausto Alzati

Dissertation Title: The Political Economy of Growth in Modern Mexico
Advisor: C. Peter Timmer

Job Placement:
Private Law Practice

Mark S. Bonchek

Dissertation Title: From Broadcast to Netcast: The Internet and the Flow of Political Information
Advisor: Sidney Verba

Job Placement:
Consultant
Private Software Company

Alan C. Hartford

Dissertation Title: Academic-Industry Relationships in the Biomedical Sciences: Academic Norms and Conflicts of Interest
Advisor: David Blumenthal

Job Placement:
Academic Researcher
Beth Israel Hospital

Steven J. Kafka

Dissertation Title: Delegation and Institutional Design: Bureaucratic Structure and the Political Control of Agencies
Advisor: Kenneth A. Shepsle

Job Placement:
Consultant
Private Investment Company

Adam S. Posen

Dissertation Title: Monetary Realism: Central Banks and the Political Economy of Disinflation
Advisor: Benjamin Friedman

Job Placement:
Economist
Federal Reserve Bank

1996

Nicholas n. Eberstadt

Dissertation Title: Policy and Economic Performance in Divided Korea, 1945-1995
Advisor: C. Peter Timmer

Job Placement:
Consultant
American Enterprise Institute

1995

Lionel R. Ingram

Dissertation Title: Major Factors Influencing Allied Decisions Regarding the Allocation of Resources to Defense
Advisor: Richard Neustadt

Job Placement:
Consultant
Private Company

Lora L. Sabin

Dissertation Title: The Development of Urban Labor Markets in Contemporary China
Advisor: Dwight H. Perkins

Job Placement:
Researcher
College of Economics
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Alexander Schuessler

Dissertation Title: Symbols, Intention and Mass Participation: The Political Economy of Non-Rational Motivation
Advisor: Kenneth A. Shepsle

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Politics
New York University

1994

Steven A. Block

Dissertation Title: Agricultural Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa
Advisor: C. Peter Timmer

Job Placement:
Research Associate
Harvard Institute for International Development

Jeffrey R. Franks

Dissertation Title: Collective Action in the Informal Sector of Developing Countries: A Rational Choice Approach
Advisor: Kenneth A. Shepsle

Job Placement:
Economist
International Monetary Fund

G. Oliver Fratzscher

Dissertation Title: The Political Economy of Trade Integration: Welfare Implications in a Trading Block Model, Political Sustainability in a Pressure Group Model, and Effects of FDI in a Gravity Model
Advisor: Robert Lawrence

Job Placement:
Economist
International Monetary Fund

Janet C. Gornick

Dissertation Title: Women, Employment, and Part-Time Work: A Comparative Study of the United States, The United Kingdom, Canada and Australia
Advisor: William Julius Wilson

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
City University of New York

Robert Lowry

Dissertation Title: The Political Economy of Environmental Citizen Groups
Advisor: Joseph Kalt

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Michigan State University

Kalypso a. Nicolaidis

Dissertation Title: Mutual Recognition Among Nations: The European Communities and Trade in Services
Advisor: Robert O. Keohane

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School

Subramanian Rangan

Dissertation Title: The Pricing and Sourcing Responses of United States Multinationals to Exchange Rate Changes
Advisor: Robert Lawrence

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Corporate Strategy and International Management
Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD)

1993

Francois DeGeorge

Dissertation Title: Essays on Initial Public Offerings of Stock
Advisor: Richard Zeckhauser

Job Placement:
Assistant Professor
Hautes Études Commerciales

Catherine A. Rielly

Dissertation Title: Do Households Pool Their Savings? An Empirical Investigation of Rotating Savings and Credit Associations (RoSCAs) in Cameroon
Advisor: C. Peter Timmer

Job Placement:
Consultant
Abt Associates

Gangadhar P. Shukla

Dissertation Title: Taxation of Exhaustible Natural Resources with Stochastic Prices
Advisor: Glenn P. Jenkins

Job Placement:
Research Associate
Institute for International Development
Harvard University