Macartan Humphreys is Professor of Political Science at Columbia University where he teaches on the political economy of development and formal theory. Ongoing research focuses on post-conflict development, ethnic politics, and democratic development with a current focus on the use of field experiments to study democratic decision-making in post-conflict and developing areas. His methodological interests focus on causal inference, transparency in social science, and Bayesian nets. He has conducted research in Chad, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Liberia, Mali, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Uganda, and elsewhere. Recent work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, Political Analysis, and the Economic Journal. His books include Coethnicity (with James Habyarimana, Daniel Posner, and Jeremy Weinstein), Escaping the Resource Curse (with Jeffrey Sachs and Joseph Stiglitz) and Political Games. He is a former Trudeau fellow, scholar of the Harvard Academy, and Karl Deutsch visiting professor at the WZB Berlin. He holds a PhD in Government from Harvard University (2003) and an MPhil in Economics from Oxford University (2000).
Eliana La Ferrara
Eliana La Ferrara is the Fondazione Invernizzi Chair in Development Economics at Bocconi University, Milan. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 1999. She is currently the President of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and the Vice-President of the European Economic Association. She is also a Fellow of IGIER, CEPR and EUDN. Eliana’s main research fields are Development Economics and Political Economics. Her research focuses on the role of social factors in economic development. She has studied the effects of ethnic diversity on cooperation, trust and public good provision; the role of kin structure and inheritance norms on economic outcomes; the effects of television on fertility preferences and marital outcomes. She has also investigated political constraints to development, with particular focus on the causes and consequences of violent conflict. Her work has been published in the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association and Journal of Development Economics, among others. Eliana has recently received an ERC Advanced Grant on “Aspirations, social norms and development”.