Robert O. Keohane Professor
A Professor of Political Science, Wibbels' research focuses on development, decentralized governance, and other areas of political economy. He is the co-general editor of the Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics series. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the International Growth Centre and AidData, and he has published articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, International Organization, Comparative Political Studies and elsewhere. Current major projects include the combination of surveys and satellite images to identify slums in India and understand the conditions under which residents achieve formal recognition and successfully attract public services; an impact evaluation of a large, district-level USAID program in Ghana; and work on how the geographic emergence and spread of state authority impact long-term economic development. He also works with bilateral and multilaterial donors to improve the design and evaluation of governance programming. Wibbels previously taught at the University of Washington and the Juan March Institute and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
Social Networks, Property Rights and Public Services in the Slums of Patna and Jaipur awarded by International Growth Centre (Co-Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2018
Geospatial Impact Evaluation of Local Government and Infrastructure Project and Infrastructure Needs Program II awarded by College of William and Mary (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017
The Delivery and Spatial Distribution of Development Projects: Evidence from a USAID Governance Project in Ghana awarded by College of William and Mary (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017
Illicit Financial Flows Rapid Assessment Tool awarded by World Bank (Principal Investigator). 2017
RTI University Scholar Program awarded by Research Triangle Institute International (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016
Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant: The Political Economy of Educational Inequality awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2015
SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant: The Political Economy of Decline awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2014
Wibbels, E. Trade, Development and Social Insurance (Accepted). 2014.
Research Frontiers in Comparative Politics: A Special Issue of Comparative Political Studies. Edited by E Wibbels, J Caporaso, S Wilkinson, and H Kitschelt. May 2008. (Edited Book)
Wibbels, E. Federalism and the market: Intergovernmental conflict and economic reform in the developing world. January 1, 2005. Full Text
Wibbels, E. Federalism and the Market. Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Rueda, D, Wibbels, E, and Altamirano, M. "The Origins of Dualization." In The Future of Democratic Capitalism. 2013.
Wibbels, E, and Rodden, J. "Business Cycles and the Political Economy of Decentralized Finance: Lessons for Fiscal Federalism in the E.U." In Fiscal Policy Surveillance in Europe,edited by D Wierts, Flores, and Turrini. 2006.
Brinkerhoff, DW, Wetterberg, A, and Wibbels, E. "Distance, services, and citizen perceptions of the state in rural Africa." Governance (February 2017). Full Text
Johnson, SL, Wibbels, E, and Wilkinson, R. "Economic inequality is related to cross-national prevalence of psychotic symptoms." Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology 50, no. 12 (December 2015): 1799-1807. Full Text
Huntington, H, and Wibbels, E. "The Geography of Governance in Africa: New Tools from Satellites, Surveys and Mapping Initiatives." Regional & Federal Studies 24, no. 5 (October 20, 2014): 625-645. Full Text
Huntington, H, and Wibbels, E. "The Geography of Governance in Africa: New Tools from Satellites, Surveys and Mapping Initiatives." Regional and Federal Studies 24, no. 5 (October 20, 2014): 625-645. Full Text
Gift, T, and Wibbels, E. "Reading, Writing, and the Regrettable Status of Education Research in Comparative Politics." Annual Review of Political Science 17, no. 1 (May 11, 2014): 291-312. Full Text
Christensen, D, and Wibbels, E. "Labor standards, labor endowments, and the evolution of inequality." International Studies Quarterly 58, no. 2 (January 1, 2014): 362-379. Full Text
Barber, B, Beramendi, P, and Wibbels, E. "The Behavioral Foundations of Social Politics: Evidence from Surveys and a Laboratory Democracy." Comparative Political Studies 46, no. 10 (October 1, 2013): 1155-1189. Full Text
Wibbels, E, and Christensen, D. "Labor Standards, Trade and the Evolution of Inequality." International Studies Quarterly (April 2013).
Wibbels, E, Beramendi, P, and Barber, B. "The Behavioral Foundations of Social Policy: Risk and Redistribution in a Laboratory Democracy." Comparative Political Studies (February 2013).
Wibbels, E. "A Federal Bailout for the States." San Diego Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News and Observer (January 2009).
Wibbels, E, and Pierskalla, J. "Natural Resources and Human Development in the American States." (2009).
Wibbels, E. "The Geography of Peace and Violence in Iraq." The News and Observer (August 2008).