The Political and Economic Development Labs (PEDL) at Brigham Young University was founded in 2008 to increase understanding of the relationship between politics and economics, with a special focus on global development. It has since expanded its scope to incorporate issues relating to political development, such as the development of parties and elections, understanding ethnic conflict, the role of political values, and politics and gender. We approach our work using a variety of methodologies, including qualitative, quantitative, and survey research, but we have a particular expertise in experimental work and especially randomized field experiments. Our hope is to inform and influence policy and advance understanding of global problems and solutions.

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PEDL's flagship lab is AidData, directed by Dr. Dan Nielson. In the seven years since AidData was founded, it has compiled and created the most comprehensive database of foreign aid available. With our partners College of William & Mary and Development Gateway, this foreign aid data resource is available to the public.

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PEDL researcher Dr. Celeste Beesley presented her work on the current protests in Ukraine on March 6th at the Political Science Department's research seminar, Thursday Group. Click here to view her paper.

Dr. Joel Selway recently gave a public lecture on the protests in Thailand. The podcast can be found here.

Dr. Joshua Gubler recently took part in a panel on "Economic Inequality, Peace and Justice" with Oxford University professor Frances Stewart. See details here.

General News:

PEDL has a new home! We recently received news that we will be housed on the 8th floor of the Spencer W. Kimball building (Rm. 849) starting this summer. This large space next door to the current RA computer lab will be used for collaborative projects, research seminars, etc

Our research:

Dr. Jessica Preece has an article forthcoming in Legislative Studies Quarterly entitled How the Party Can Win in Personal Vote Systems: The ‘Selectoral Connection’ and Legislative Voting in Lithuania.

Director Daniel Nielson and co-authors Michael Findley of UT-Austin and Jason Sharman of Griffith University  recently published a groundbreaking work on transnational relations, crime and terrorism with Cambridge University Press entitled Global Shell Games. More info. It was also featured in The Economist. They have a related publication in the journal International Organization.

Dr. Joel Selway recently had two guest posts at the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog. They can be read HERE and HERE​.

Dr. Kirk Hawkins recently published an article entitled
Local public goods as vote-purchasing devices? Persuasion and mobilization in the choice of clientelist payments in the Journal of Theoretical Politics. Read here.