Assistant Professor, Department of International Development, LSE
Jonathan Weigel is an assistant professor in the Department of International Development at the LSE, and an affiliate of STICERD, CEPR, and EGAP. His research interests are at the intersection of political economy, development, and public economics. His primary research agenda explores the role of state capacity in development with a focus on taxation. A second agenda explores the relationship between culture (especially religion) and institutions. His field work is based in the D.R. Congo, where he runs a non-profit survey organization called ODEKA, as well as Tanzania, Haiti, and Myanmar. He completed a PhD in Political Economy and Government at Harvard in 2018.
Recent work by Jonathan Weigel
Can low-capacity governments work with local leaders to increase tax revenues? Evidence from the Democratic Republic of Congo
City chiefs collecting taxes in Kananga, DRC, outperformed state agents thanks to their superior local information about potential taxpayers
A property tax campaign in the city of Kananga increased tax compliance and stimulated citizen demand for inclusive and accountable government