Abhit Bhandari

Columbia University

Abhit Bhandari is a PhD student focusing on the comparative political economy of development, as well as quantitative and formal methodology. His research explores property rights, informal institutions, and investment in sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to Columbia, he worked for the UN World Food Programme in Senegal. He holds a BA in Political Science and African Studies from Northwestern University, and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Research Grant Projects

How do citizens react to political connections when the rule of law is weak? This project estimates the impact of political connections on trust in economic exchange in Senegal and, when exchange occurs, it explores whether buyers prefer formal or informal contracts.