Biniam E Bedasso

Biniam E Bedasso

Research Associate in Political Economy

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My primary area of research is the political economy of development and institutional change. As a secondary area of interest, I work on the economics and politics of education in developing countries.  I am quite interdisciplinary in my approach. In both methodology and substance, I often endeavor to occupy the less trodden – but increasingly important – intersection between different disciplines of social science. More recently, I have been attracted to the subject of migration from African countries. I am currently researching the nexus of migration, nation building and spatial inequality in selected African countries.

Selected Publications

“College Major Choice and Neighborhood Effects in a Historically Segregated Society: Evidence from South Africa”, Forthcoming, Education Finance and Policy (MIT Press).

“For Richer, For Poorer: Why Ethnicity Often Trumps Economic Cleavages in Kenya”, Review of African Political Economy (2017), 44(151): 10-29.

“A Dream Deferred: the microfoundations of direct political action in pre- and post-democratization South Africa” (with Nonso Obikili), Journal of Development Studies (2016), 52(1), 130-146.

“Educated bandits: endogenous property rights and intra-elite distribution of human capital”, Economics & Politics (2015), 27(3): 404-432.

“Ethnicity, intra-elite differentiation and political stability in Kenya”, African Affairs (2015), 114(456): 361-381. Winner of African Affairs African Author Prize 2015-16

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