​The Political, Economic and 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.



Joel Selway was on BYU radio's Top of Mind speaking about the political crisis in Thailand. Listen here.

Prof. Quinn Mecham spoke with Julie Rose on BYU radio's Top of Mind and gave some analysis on the foreign policy proposals of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Listen here.

General news:

PEDL has been renovated! Having been housed in the Kennedy Center for the last year, this space is now newly updated with cubicles, a sitting area, and a gorgeous new conference room.

Our research:

Two recent books by PEDL faculty include:

Dr. Daniel Nielson's 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.

Dr. Joel Selway's recent work on global health with Cambridge University Press entitled Coalitions of the Wellbeing. More info.

Dr. Mecham's book from 2017​ on the Institutional Origins of Islamist Political Mobilization (also the book's title). More info.

Recent articles include:
Dr. Josh Gubler's work on violent rhetoric and intergroup aggression published in Political Research Quarterly. More info.
Dr. Jessica Preece's work on How to Elect More Women, published in the American Journal of Political Science. More info.
Dr. Kirk Hawkins' work on Chavismo, liberal democracy, and radical democracy in the ''Annual Review of Political Science. More info.
Dr. Darren Hawkins' work on the diffusion of democracy in the Journal of Conflict Resolution. More info.
Dr. Celeste Beesley's work on protests in Ukraine in PS: Political Science and Politics. More info.