Rice Family Professor of the Practice of International and Public Affairs
What I doMy research focuses on understanding the relationship between political conflict and economic performance. I argue that economic collapses can result from the breakdown in institutions that manage political conflict. In highly polarized societies, political actors are more likely to adopt “scorched earth” policies that generate negative effects on the economy in their struggle for power, turning the economy into a political battleground.
I have also written extensively on economic growth, political economy, international economics and Latin American economics. My forthcoming book Scorched Earth: The Political Economy of Venezuela's Collapse, will be published in 2024.
Economic growth, sanctions, Political economy, international economics
- Ph.D., Economics, Harvard University, 1998