Jablonski, Ryan

Dr Ryan Jablonski  


Position held

Experience keywords:

Africa; East Africa; Kenya; Sierra Leone; Somalia; clientelism; corruption; election violence; elections; experiments; foreign aid; international development; maritime piracy; program evaluation; statistics; survey design

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Dr. Ryan Jablonski specializes in the international political economy of development. His current research examines how political incentives influence foreign aid distribution and effectiveness. He also uses field experiments to understand the effects of foreign aid on voters. He has shown that electoral incentives play a role in shaping both the geography of aid and the success of donor efforts. He also conducts research on the effects of electoral violence and the role of transnational crime and piracy on economic development.

He has been a consultant for the World Bank and other organizations. His research has been published in World Politics, British Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. He received his PhD and MA in political science from University of California, San Diego.

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Countries and regions to which research relates:

Africa; East Africa; Kenya; Malawi; Sierra Leone; Somalia

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Hafner-Burton, Emilie M. and Hyde, Susan D. and Jablonski, Ryan S. (2016) Surviving elections: election violence, incumbent victory, and post-election repercussions British Journal of Political Science. ISSN 0007-1234 (In Press)

Jablonski, Ryan S. (2016) The Tortuga disease: the perverse effects of illicit foreign capital International Studies Quarterly. ISSN 0020-8833 (In Press)


Jablonski, Ryan S. (2015) The price of piracy in Somalia Africa at LSE (20 Apr 2015) Blog entry

Gibson, Clark C. and Hoffman, Barak D. and Jablonski, Ryan S. (2015) Did aid promote democracy in Africa?: the role of technical assistance in Africa’s transitions World Development, 68. 323-335. ISSN 0305-750X


Jablonski, Ryan S. and Oliver, Steven (2014) Captain Phillips and the causes of piracy Africa at LSE (26 Feb 2014) Blog entry

Jablonski, Ryan S. (2014) How aid targets votes: the impact of electoral incentives on foreign aid distribution World Politics, 66 (2). 293-330. ISSN 0043-8871

Hafner-Burton, Emilie M. and Hyde, Susan D. and Jablonski, Ryan S. (2014) When do governments resort to election violence? British Journal of Political Science, 44 (1). 149-179. ISSN 1469-2112


Jablonski, Ryan S. (2013) The effect of electoral politics on foreign aid spending doctoral thesis, University of California, San Diego

Jablonski, Ryan S. and Oliver, Steven (2013) The political economy of plunder: economic opportunity and modern piracy Journal of Conflict Resolution, 57 (4). 682-708. ISSN 1552-8766

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