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Professor of Political Economy

Katherine Casey

Faculty Affiliate and '20 - '22 Peiros Family Faculty Fellow
King Center on Global Development

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

Senior Fellow
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

Katherine Casey is a professor of political economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her research explores the interactions between economic and political forces in developing countries, with particular interest in the role of information in enhancing political accountability and the influence of foreign aid on economic development. Her work has appeared in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy and Quarterly Journal of Economics, among others. She teaches a course in the MBA program focused on firm strategy vis a vis government in emerging markets.

Government and Institutions



King Center Supported Research

2021 - 2022 Academic Year | Global Development Research Funding

Candidate Entry Into Local Government

This research project tackles the governance challenge of getting high human capital, high integrity, representative citizens to put themselves forward for consideration as political candidates. Casey plans to explore potential solutions to this challenge with our partners in government and civil society in connection with the 2023 Local Council Elections in Sierra Leone. To do so Casey proposes an initiative that would: i) identify, screen, and encourage high quality potential candidates to enter politics; and ii) share information about these potential candidates with political parties and/or civil society organizations working to enhance the electoral process. Casey plans to randomize this initiative across 100 of 200 local government wards to assess impacts on the pool of aspirants, selected candidates, and elected officials.

Additionally, inside the set of treated wards, we propose a sub-experiment focused on increasing female representation in politics. This will explore barriers to female participation emanating from voters, party elites and potential candidates themselves. Casey has already secured funding to support: i) piloting variants of the proposed intervention; ii) collecting data on the current cohort of elected Local Councillors; and iii) hiring a research manager based in-country to oversee both activities. Casey seeks to implement the gender parity sub-experiment in 100 wards, which she expects to result in a standalone contribution.