Dr Chao-yo Cheng

Dr Chao-yo Cheng

LSE Fellow

Department of Methodology

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Key Expertise
Political Economy of Development and Institutions; Race and Ethnicity

About me

Dr Chao-Yo Cheng is an LSE Fellow in the Department of International Development and the Department of Methodology. He applies computational, quantitative, and qualitative methods to address a range of topics in the political economy of institutions and development. Broadly speaking, he is interested in unpacking the institutional and policy foundations of nation-state building and socioeconomic development in multi-ethnic societies.

Dr Cheng has a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Columbia University and a dual BA Degree in Journalism and Political Science from National Chengchi University (Taipei). He has also studied mass communication, politics, and sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the National University of Ireland, Galway. Between 2012 and 2014, he was a Fulbright Fellow at UCLA.

Expertise Details

Political Economy of Development; Comparative Institutions; Race and Ethnicity; Political Elites; Democracy and Autocracy; Energy and Environment; China; India; Southeast Asia



  • "Poverty Alleviation and State Building in Peripheral Areas: Evidence from China." Japanese Journal of Political Science. Accepted. September 2021.
  • "Ethnic Ties, Organized Opposition and Voter Defection in Authoritarian Elections." Government and Opposition. Accepted (with Yi-Tzu Lin). August 2021.
  • "Inequality in Policy Implementation: Caste and Electrification in Rural India." Journal of Public Policy 41(2): 331-359 (with Michaël Aklin and Johannes Urpelainen). May 2021.
  • "Criminal Politicians and Socioeconomic Development: Evidence from Rural India." Studies in Comparative International Development 54(4): 501-527 (with Johannes Urpelainen). December 2019.
  • "Social Acceptance of New Energy Technology in Developing Countries: A Framing Experiment in Rural India." Energy Policy 113: 466-477 (with Michaël Aklin and Johannes Urpelainen). February 2018.
  • "Factors Affecting Household Satisfaction with Electricity Supply in Rural India." Nature Energy 1(16170) (with Michaël Aklin, Karthik Ganesan, Abhishek Jain, and Johannes Urpelainen). November 2016.