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Department of International Development
Connaught House, LSE, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE
j.weigel [at] lse [dot] ac [dot] uk

I am an assistant professor in the Department of International Development at the LSE and an affiliate of STICERD and CEPR. My research interests are on the intersection of political economy, development, and public finance. My main interest is how efforts to build state capacity, such as tax collection and land titling, shape citizens’ engagement with the government, and whether formal institutions crowd out informal ones. A second area of research explores the coevolution of culture and institutions. My field work is primarily in the D.R. Congo, but I also work in Tanzania and Haiti. Before graduate school, I worked as a researcher at Partners In Health. I completed a PhD in political economy and government at Harvard in 2018.