Political Economy

Seema Jayachandran (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Berkeley/UCSF
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Dr. Jayachandran received her PhD and MA from Harvard University in Ecomomics and Physics respectively. She also received a MA from the University of Oxford in Physics and Philosophy, and her Bachelor of Arts from MIT.

Dr. Jayachandran's received publications include: “Why Are Indian Children So Short?  The Role of Birth Order and Son Preference” (with R. Pande), American Economic Review, forthcoming, September 2017, “Cash for Carbon: A Randomized Trial of Payments for Ecosystem Services to Reduce Deforestation” (with J. De Laat, E. Lambin, C. Stanton, R. Audy, and N. Thomas), Science, 357(6348), July 2017, pp. 267–273, “Mothers Care More,  But Fathers Decide:  Educating Parents about Child Health in Uganda,”  (with M. Bjorkman Nyqvist), American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 107(5), May 2017, pp. 496-500 “Fertility Decline and Missing Women,” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 9(1), January 2017, pp. 118-139, “Friendship at Work:  Can Peer Support Catalyze Female Entrepreneurship?”  (with E. Field, N. Rigol, and R. Pande), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 8(2), May 2016, pp. 125-153, “The Roots of Gender Inequality in Developing Countries” Annual Review of Economics, vol. 7, 2015, pp. 63-88, “Does Contraceptive Use Always Reduce Breastfeeding?” Demography, 51(3), June 2014, pp. 917-937, “Incentives to Teach Badly:  After-School Tutoring in Developing Countries,” Journal of Development Economics, 108, May 2014, pp. 190-205.

Her affiliations include: Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Board Member and Co-Chair of Health Sector, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Board Member and Fellow, Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), Other affiliations: Centre for Economic Policy Research, International Growth Centre, Innovations for Poverty Action, Institute for Policy Research.

Discipline: Economics

Jeffrey D. Milyo (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 4 — Yale
Professor, Department of Economics
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Dr. Milyo received his PhD from PhD from Stanford University. His research interest are: Political Economics, Law and Economics, and Health Economics. His recent publications are: “Giving the People What They Want? Legislative Polarization and Public Approval of State Legislatures” (with Lilliard Richardson), State and Local Government Review, 2016, “Public Confidence in the Redistricting Process: The Role of Independent Commissions, State Legislative Polarization and Partisan Preferences” (with Kathryn VanderMolen), State and Local Government Review, 2016, “Measuring Public Corruption in the United States: Evidence from Administrative Records of Federal Prosecutions” (with Adriana Cordis), Public Integrity, 2016, “The Quantities and Qualities of Poll Workers” (with Barry Burden), Election Law Journal, 2015, and "Money in Politics", Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Edited by Robert Scott and Stephen Kosslyn. 2015.

Discipline: Economics

M. Marit Rehavi (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 15 — Michigan
Assistant Professor, Vancouver School of Economics
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Rehavi received her PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Her current research explores the factors that influence expert decisions and use of discretion in medicine, politics and law. She has also studied the effects of politician identity (specifically gender and party affiliation) on fiscal policy and government priorities.

Discipline: Economics

Bhaven N. Sampat (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Michigan
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University, New York, NY

Dr. Sampat received all three of his degrees PhD, MA and BA (all in Economics) from Columbia University. Dr. Sampat's research focuses on issues at the intersection of health policy and innovation policy. My current work includes (1) various empirical studies of drug and life science patent policy in the U.S. and developing countries (2) evaluating the validity of different approaches to measure science, innovation and science-technology linkages (3) examining whether and when science is self-correcting (4) assessing the impact of federal indirect cost recovery policy on the biomedical research enterprise. His previous work includes research on the political economy of the the NIH, patent examination and patent quality, and the roles of academic patenting in university-industry technology transfer.

Discipline: Economics