FEBRUARY 14, 2019
The Watchful Eye & the Cracking Whip: Field Experiments on Corruption Control in the Americas
Paul Lagunes is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. His research on the political economy of development examines the issue of corruption, especially as it affects subnational governments in the Americas. Two questions motivate Lagunes’ scholarship. First, how does corruption actually work in practice? And second, what tools are available for limiting corruption’s harmful effects? Through the execution of randomized control trials in diverse contexts, such as Peru and Mexico, Lagunes offers insights on corruption’s regressive impact on society, the factors maintaining a corrupt status quo, and the conditions under which anti-corruption monitoring is most effective. He has published in PLoS ONE, Latin American Research Review, Political Psychology, Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, Politics & Policy and Journal of Social Issues, among other outlets.
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