Mats Ahrenshop

Mats Ahrenshop

Research topic:
Political Economy of Development
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Methods Political Economy Comparative Politics and Government  

Academic Profile

I am a 1st-year PhD candidate and study the political economy of development. I do research on taxation, redistribution, and corruption. I use experimental and quasi-experimental methods for causal inference to study the variation in the strength of fiscal contracts in developing countries.

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Teaching Assistant:

Experimental Methods, DPIR -- Trinity Term 2020; Trinity Term 2019

Intermediate Statistics, DPIR -- Michaelmas Term 2019


J-PAL Governance Initiative Travel Grant (Pakistan), 2019 ($5,000)

ESRC Grand Union DTP Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) Scholarship, 2019--2022 (£85,000)

Wadham College Pollard Fund Research Grant, 2018 (£500)

CTSE Research Grant, Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS), Nuffield College, 2018


Resettlement Lies: Suggestive Evidence From 29 Large Dam Projects (with Julian Kirchherr and Katrina Charles), World Development, Vol. 114 (2019), pp. 208--219.


Work in progress:

“Does Politicizing Corruption Attract Votes?”

“Paying Politicians and Local Development: Consequences of Raising Wages to Local Councils” (with Nelson Ruiz and Janne Tukiainen)

“Forecasting Treatment Effects from Randomized Controlled Trials” (with Miriam Golden, Saad Gulzar, Luke Sonnet)

“Ranked Conjoint Experiments: Design and Application” (with Spyros Kosmidis) EGAP


Conference Papers and Presentations

Do Voters Care About Corruption? Experimental Evidence from India and the UK. Paper presentation at EPSA Annual Conference, June 2020.

Costs, Credibility, and Relative Salience: Why Voters Don't Sanction Politicians for Corruption. Poster presentation at Toronto Political Behaviour Workshop, September 2018.