Policies and politics in developing countries

We analyze the political economy of different policy-making areas in developing countries, such as education, microfinance provision and welfare state development.

In this area of research, we focus on how different political actors, the institutional infrastructure, formal and informal societal structures, social movements and/or external actors such as international donors and NGOs affect these policy areas in developing countries. In addition, we also look at the effectiveness of specific public policies, especially in the education sector.

Finally, we also analyze micro-level factors that influence the way in which specific economic sectors work, using experiments as tools to identify behavioral characteristics that may influence how actors select into different types of organizations in the labor market. Finding evidence for such sorting processes is relevant when thinking about institutional reforms in many areas, for example the education sector.

The regions and countries in which research is being carried out include South Asia (Pakistan and India), East Asia (South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand), and Africa (Uganda, Senegal and francophone countries).

A selection of ongoing and past research projects is provided with more details below:

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