PhD candidate, Department of Government, Harvard University
Pablo Balán is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University, specializing in the political economy of developing countries, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. His research documents how informal institutions shape the adoption of land property rights in sub-Saharan Africa and how they can be harnessed to strengthen state-building in low-capacity settings. A second stream of research studies the political role of families in various contexts, from promoting electoral accountability to facilitating political action within firms.
Recent work by Pablo Balán
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