Dr Jonathan  Weigel

Dr Jonathan Weigel

Assistant Professor of International Development

Department of International Development

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Key Expertise
Development, Political Economy, Taxation, Corruption

About me

Jonathan Weigel is an assistant professor in the Department of International Development at the LSE. He is an affiliate of STICERD and CEPR. His research interests are on the intersection of political economy, development, and public finance. His main interest is how efforts to build state capacity, such as tax collection and land titling, shape citizens’ engagement with the government, and whether formal institutions crowd out informal ones. A second area of research explores the coevolution of culture and institutions. His field work is primarily in the D.R. Congo, but he also works in Tanzania and Haiti. Before graduate school, he worked as a researcher at Partners In Health. He completed a PhD in political economy and government at Harvard in 2018.

Selected Publications

  • Lowes, Sara, Nathan Nunn, James A. Robinson, and Jonathan Weigel. 2017. The Evolution of Culture and Institutions: Evidence From the Kuba Kingdom." Econometrica, 85 (4): 1065–1091
  • Lowes, Sara, Nathan Nunn, James A. Robinson, and Jonathan Weigel. 2015. "Understanding Ethnic Identity in Africa: Evidence from the Implicit Association Test (IAT)." American Economic Review, 105 (5): 340-45. 

Expertise Details

Political economy of development; taxation; corruption; state building; culture and institutions; Central Africa