Shelby Grossman


Shelby Grossman is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Government at Harvard University. Her research focuses on the political economy of sub-Saharan Africa, particularly on the role of the state in business transactions in West Africa. She has done field research in Nigeria, Liberia, and Ivory Coast. Prior to coming to Harvard, she worked with human rights organizations in Liberia and Nigeria.

Research Grant Projects

This project aims to study the role of information frictions in imports of manufactured consumer goods in Lagos, Nigeria.
This project aims to identify the information costs of trade by focusing on business travel of Nigerian traders to their Chinese suppliers and building a panel data set to facilitate this analysis. 
In countries with weakly institutionalized legal environments, private contract enforcement mechanisms arise to facilitate trade. This project focuses on cheating in business and the interaction between private contract enforcement and public legal institutions.