​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.



Listen to Dr. Quinn Mecham in his monthly appearance in BYU Radio's Top of Mind With Julie Rose. He most recently contributed with his predictions for world affairs in 2018 on Jan 8, 2018. 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, art, and a gorgeous new conference room.

Our research:

Recent work by PEDL faculty include: 

Dr. Quinn Mecham's book from 2017 on the Institutional Origins of Islamist Political Mobilization.
Dr. Kirk Hawkin's extensive work on populism includes a recent article on "The Ideational Approach to Populism." β€‹
Dr. Darren Hawkin's research on public support for U.S. foreign aid can be seen in his 2017 article "Down the Rathole? Public Support for US Foreign Aid."​