“A considerable amount of political institution and governance systems experimentation exists offering a unique opportunity to deepen our understanding of how governments and policy decisions impact economic performance.”
Politics and government behavior are instrumental in determining economic growth and poverty reduction. Political institutions and governance systems influence policy choice, determine the type and magnitude of public goods programs, and shape the economic institutions adopted by society. A considerable amount of political institution and governance systems experimentation exists offering a unique opportunity to deepen our understanding of how governments and policy decisions impact economic performance.
The goal of the Political Economy, Institutions, and Governance program is to further the theoretical and empirical understanding of the political sphere. CERP experts apply tools from game theory, contract theory, and mechanism design theory for the purposes of analysis. An important goal is to enhance evidence-based decision-making in political economy through detailed fieldwork, large-scale survey data, and impact assessments of reform experiments. This work will be used to enrich the public and political debate on the reform of political institutions and governance systems, and to identify complementary socio-economic reforms that make politics and governance work better.
CERP examines political institutions and governance systems by exploring a range of hypotheses and policy evaluations. Our research looks at the impact of strong vs. weak local governments, decentralized vs. centralized tax-raising powers, non-party vs. party-based electoral systems, autocracies vs. democracies, and more. Our work also examines how political competition, selection, and accountability affect economic outcomes and what impact history and path-dependency has in shaping institutional trajectories and political outcomes.
Ali Cheema, LUMS
Program Research Fellows:
Asim Khwaja, Harvard University
Atif Mian, Princeton University
Eilana La Ferara, University of Bocconi
Gerard Padro i Miquel, London School of Economics
Ghazala Mansuri, The World Bank
Jacob Shapiro, Princeton University
Madiha Afzal, University of Maryland
James Robinson, Harvard University
Adeel Malik, University of Oxford
Asjad Naqvi, University of Vienna
Haris Gazdar, Collective for Social Science Research
Benjamin Olken, MIT
Farooq Naseer, LUMS
Javed Younas, American University of Sharjah
Roger Myerson, University of Chicago