Political Economy

Social, Formal, and Political Determinants of Trade under Weak Rule of Law: Experimental Evidence from Senegalese Firms

When contracting institutions are weak or exploitable, firms in developing countries rely on a mixture of social and formal heuristics to select business partners.

Working Paper
17 Jun 2019

The Political Determinants of Economic Exchange: Evidence from a Business Experiment in Senegal

Economic growth requires confidence in the state's ability to enforce secure exchange. But when states selectively enforce rule of law, political considerations can moderate the trust that buyers have in sellers.

Working Paper
1 Apr 2019

Leveraging Political Incentives for Environmental Regulation: Evidence from Chinese Manufacturing Firms

This paper, by He, Wang and Zhang (2019), estimates the effect of environmental regulation on firm productivity usign a spatial regression discontinuity design implicit in China's water quality monitoring system.

Working Paper
1 Jan 2019

Terrorism, Credit and Investment: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Pakistan

This project looks, on the one hand, at the effect of charity donations to terrorist organizations on attacks, and on the other at how firms adjust their lending and investment decisions in presence of increased uncertainty.

Research Project
15 Nov 2018

Social Origins of Dictatorship: Elite Networks and Political Transitions in Haiti

Existing theories of democratic reversals emphasize that economic incentives should determine when elites resist democracy. Naidu, Robinson and Young (2017) argue that the capacity to organize coups against democracy is also important, and is shaped by the structure of the social network.

Research Note
13 Jun 2017

On the Origins of the State: Stationary Bandits and Taxation in Eastern Congo

Sanchez de la Sierra (2017) gathers panel data on armed actors in 650 locations of Eastern Congo to explain the emergence and trajectories of Tilly (1985)’s essential functions of the state.

Working Paper
10 Jan 2017

Political Behaviour and Private Enterprises' Growth in Burkina Faso

Based on primary data collected from private enterprises, we show that political connection is practiced in Burkina Faso’s public procurements.

Research Note
21 Nov 2016

Social Origins of Dictatorships: Elite Networks and Political Transitions in Haiti

Existing theories of coups against democracy emphasize that elite incentives to mount a coup depend on the threat that democracy represents to them and what they stand to gain from dictatorship.

Working Paper
1 Nov 2016

Entrepreneurs Establishing Political Connection: Do They Finance Political Parties or Politicians?

Political connection is multiform, and each of its components may affect the enterprise in different ways. In this article published in SAGE Open, Akouwerabu (2016) studied the advantages of two types of political connections with data from private enterprises.

Journal Article
1 Sep 2016

Violence and Financial Decisions: Evidence from Mobile Money in Afghanistan

Blumenstock, Callen and Ghani (2015) provide evidence that violence affects how people make financial decisions.

Working Paper
1 Dec 2015

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