Policies and politics in developing countries

We analyze the political economy of different policy-making areas in developing countries, such as education, access to modern energy services, and welfare state development.
We thereby focus on how different political actors, institutions, administrative procedures and/or external actors such as local government officials, international donors and NGOs affect these policy areas in developing countries. In addition, we look at the effectiveness of specific public policies and assess how they could be improved. This also includes the analysis of micro-level factors that influence the success of public policies, using experiments as tools to identify behavioral characteristics of both household members and political decision makers.
Furthermore, we analyze political transitions when disruptive events (such as terrorism) affect democratization processes.
Our research covers many world regions including Africa, South Asia and Latin America.
For a discussion of some of our recent research, see:

Clean fuel use in India

Social pension targeting in Bangladesh (overview by former PhD Viola Asri; available in German only)