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Yusuf Neggers

Yusuf Neggers

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs


Yusuf Neggers is a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He received a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, and also holds an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a BA in Mathematical Economic Analysis from Rice University. His research examines questions at the intersection of development economics and political economy, with a particular focus on the connections between political and bureaucratic accountability and the quality of public services.


Yusuf’s research focuses on political economy and development economics. His current projects include a large-scale field experiment using mobile and web applications to test the impacts of strengthened incentives versus reduced costs of information acquisition for local bureaucrats on the quality of a major workfare program in India. In other work, he examines the potential for adverse effects of increased transparency in the US state legislative context, and the effects of religious and caste diversity among election officers on voter behavior and election outcomes in India. Yusuf has also published research on the influence of internet technology on contestable government procurement of goods and services in India and Indonesia.


“Enfranchising Your Own? Experimental Evidence on Bureaucrat Diversity and Election Bias in India.” American Economic Review, Forthcoming.

"Can Electronic Procurement Improve Infrastructure Provision? Evidence from Public Works in India and Indonesia" (with Sean Lewis-Faupel, Benjamin A. Olken, and Rohini Pande). American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 8(3): 258-83 (2016).


PLCY 2040 Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis (Fall 2017)