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.
Wibbels, E., P. Beramendi, and B. Barber. “The Behavioral Foundations of Social Policy: Risk and Redistribution in a Laboratory Democracy.” Comparative Political Studies, February 2013.
Wibbels, E., and H. McGee. “The Geography of Governance in Africa: Recent Evidence from Satellites, Field Experiments and Other New Sources.” Federal and Regional Studies, 2013.
Ahlquist, J. S., and E. Wibbels. “Riding the Wave: World Trade and Factor-Based Models of Democratization.” American Journal of Political Science 56, no. 2 (April 1, 2012): 447–64. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5907.2011.00572.x. Full Text
Wibbels, E., and J. Ahlquist. “Inequality, Factor Prices and Political Regimes.” American Journal of Political Science, 2012, 447–64.
Wibbels, E., and P. Beramendi. “The Political Geography of Constitutional Choice.” Public Choice, 2012.
Wibbels, E., M. Ward, and F. Hollenbach. “The Geography of Governance: Evidence from Satellite Imagery.” Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2012.
Rodden, J., and E. Wibbels. “Dual accountability and the nationalization of party competition: Evidence from four federations.” Party Politics 17, no. 5 (September 1, 2011): 629–53. https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068810376182. Full Text
Wibbels, E., and J. S. Ahlquist. “Development, Trade, and Social Insurance.” International Studies Quarterly 55, no. 1 (March 1, 2011): 125–49. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2478.2010.00638.x. Full Text
Wibbels, E., and E. Goldberg. “The Geography of Natural Resources and Development.".” World Politics, 2011.
Wibbels, E., and J. Rodden. “The Nationalization of Elections.” Party Politics 17 (2011): 629–54.