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Jason Mian Luo

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Graduate Student Fellowship | 2022 - 2023 Academic Year

The Political Economy of Information Manipulation within Autocratic Systems: Evidence from China’s Government Procurement Activities

Jason Luo’s dissertation project investigates the political economy of bureaucratic information manipulation in an authoritarian context. With an original dataset of more than 22 million government procurement documents and data on economic growth and official corruption, Luo identifies strategic shaping of fiscal information and further finds it leads to higher levels of rent-seeking in procurement, more prosecuted corruption cases in local governments, but also faster local economic growth, after controlling for patronage and prior performances. Luo’s findings will stimulate reflections on bureaucratic principal-agent relationships in authoritarian regimes and shed new lights on our knowledge of information politics, government corruption, economic development, and beyond.


Jason Luo, Department of Political Science

Jason Luo

Jason Luo is a PhD candidate in political science at Stanford University and a native of Sichuan, China. Luo's dissertation project investigates the political economy of information manipulation within autocratic systems, using an original, large-scale dataset on China's government procurement processes. His broader research interests lie in the intersection of information politics and political economy, authoritarian institutions, and bureaucratic behaviors. Prior to graduate school, Luo earned an MA in east asian studies from Stanford and a BA in international political economy from Peking University.

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