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.

Researcher's Grant Projects

When does it make sense for a business that has gained private information about a supplier or customer to share that information, and with whom? This project aims to answer this question in the context of Nigerian traders.
Researchers: Shelby Grossman, Meredith Startz
Grants Round: 25th Round
Country: 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. 
Researchers: Meredith Startz, Shelby Grossman
Grants Round: 15th Round
Country: Nigeria
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. 
Researchers: Shelby Grossman
Grants Round: 2nd Round
Country: Nigeria