Political Economy

The Political Economy of Human Capital (PEHC) program leverages causal inference using observational, administrative and experimental data to study human capital issues at the intersection of political economy, public policy and development. Projects are unified by their focus on identifying the extent to which political institutions alter the quality of local public goods – from the structure of the economy, to the distribution of property rights – and if so, how: considering the impact of political institutions on human capital, the capacity of elected leaders to govern and the quality of deliberative democracy and inter-group relations. The PEHC faculty research can be organized around three themes: 1) representation and quality of local government; 2) affirmative action and human capital; and 3) the impact of exogenous shocks on mobility, economic bargaining power and political engagement.

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