Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley
Jonathan Weigel is an assistant professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, and an affiliate of CEPR, EGAP, the IFS, JPAL, and STICERD. 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
Improving state effectiveness through bureaucrat assignment: Evidence from the Democratic Republic of Congo
Optimising the assignment of tax collectors significantly increases tax revenue and compliance at little or no added cost
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