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.
Did you know? 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.
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
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
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.