Laura Paler PhD, Columbia University, 2012

4445 Posvar Hall


Laura Paler specializes in comparative politics and the political economy of development. Her ongoing projects examine how different sources of revenue—such as natural resource rents, foreign aid, and domestic taxes—affect accountability and development; the impact of information on political behavior; and the determinants of conflict and post-conflict reintegration. Her work employs experiments, original survey and behavioral data, and extensive field research, most recently in Indonesia, Colombia, and Uganda. She has published in the American Political Science Review. Professor Paler completed her Ph.D. in political science at Columbia University in 2012. Before coming to Pittsburgh she held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC.

Areas of Expertise

Comparative politics, Political economy of development


Forthcoming. "Using Field Experiments to Study Political Institutions." Forthcoming in the Handbook of Comparative Political Institutions, eds. Jennifer Gandhi and Ruben Ruiz-Rufino, Routledge (with Guy Grossman).

2013. "Keeping the Public Purse: An Experiment in Windfalls, Taxes, and the Incentives to Restrain Government." American Political Science Review 104(7): 706-725.

2005. "China's Legislation Law and the Making of a More Orderly and Representative Legislative System." The China Quarterly, vol. 182: 301-318.


PS 0300 Comparative Politics

PS 1338 Politics of Development

PS 1583 The Politics of Oil and Natural Resources