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Jessica Gottlieb is an assistant professor in the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. She earned her PhD in political science Master’s degree in economics from Stanford University. Her research investigates constraints to democratic accountability in low-income countries; these include information asymmetries and problems of voter coordination, informal institutions and clientelism, and unequal gender norms. This work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and World Development. Gottlieb’s current research agenda focuses on the implications of weak state capacity and informality for democratic accountability. Much of her work involves data collection in sub-Saharan Africa, where she has conducted field experiments, behavioral games, and surveys. Prior to her doctoral studies, Gottlieb worked at the Center for Global Development on a project encouraging donors, country governments, and multilateral organizations to better learn what works in development through improved impact evaluation.


Institution / Affiliation : Texas A&M University
Previous Partner Organizations: Center for Global Development, World Bank, Centre d'Etude et de Promotion de la Démocratie (Benin)
Geographical Region: Africa
Methodology: Field Experiments, Lab Experiments
Policy: Development, Elections, Governance