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Professor of Political Science

Jens Hainmueller

Faculty Affiliate
King Center on Global Development

Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science

Professor of Political Economy (by courtesy)
Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB)

Jens Hainmueller is a professor in the department of political science at Stanford University and holds a courtesy appointment in the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is also the founder and faculty co-director of the Stanford Immigration Policy Lab that is focused on the design and evaluation of immigration and integration policies. 

His research interests include immigration, refugees, statistical methods, political economy, and political behavior. He has published over 45 articles, many of them in top general science journals and top field journals in political science, statistics, economics, and business. He has also published three open source software packages and his research has received awards and funding from the Carnegie Corporation, the National Science Foundation, the American Political Science Association, and the National Bureau of Economic Research, among others. In 2016, he was selected as an Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

Hainmueller received his PhD from Harvard University and also studied at the London School of Economics, Brown University, and the University of Tübingen. Before joining Stanford, he served on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Trade and Migration


King Center Supported Research

2022 - 2023 Academic Year | Global Development Research Funding

The Impact of a Forecast-based Remittance Service on Anticipatory Action and Household Resilience to Natural Disasters

With climate change amplifying the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, there is a growing push to develop mechanisms for “anticipatory action,” or efforts to protect people before natural disasters occur. This project explores whether remittances – money sent by migrants to family and friends back home – can be leveraged to bolster disaster risk mitigation and adaptation. In collaboration with a global humanitarian NGO and a private remittance provider, we will conduct a randomized control trial to test whether providing early warning information and incentives to send money in advance of tropical storms in Central America increases anticipatory remittance flows and builds the resilience of receiving households to the impacts of these disasters. This project will contribute to the evidence base on anticipatory action and provide an innovative model for policymakers that has the potential to draw on migration and diaspora networks to help those worst impacted by climate change.