Assistant Professor of Economics at Columbia University
Michael Best is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Columbia University. Michael's research focuses on tax evasion in developing countries and its implications for optimal tax policy and administration; the determinants of the effectiveness of public procurement in developing countries and the design of policies to improve it; and the effects of tax policy in developed countries and the design of optimal tax policies. Prior to joining Columbia, Michael was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Michael holds a PhD from the LSE and an M.Phil from the University of Oxford.
Recent work by Michael Best
Giving government procurement officers more leeway in decision-making over expenses could save billions
Evidence from Russia shows that through appropriate policy design, policymakers can overcome existing capacity challenges within bureaucracies