Lauren Young

Lauren Young is a PhD candidate in the political science department at Columbia University writing a dissertation on the conditions under which politicians choose to use violence over patronage to win elections in Zimbabwe. Her research interests include violent electoral politics, post-conflict political development, and humanitarian response. In addition to Haiti, she has conducted field-based research in Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire, and Zimbabwe.

Researcher's Grant Projects

The research identifies which Haitian institutions contribute to underdevelopment by limiting access to international trade, and aims to study how these restrictions affect the distribution of gains from trade throughout Haitian society.
Researchers: Suresh Naidu, James Robinson, Lauren Young
Grants Round: 2nd Round
Country: Haiti
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states