Welcome!

I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California (USC). I graduated from Harvard University in May 2021 with a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government (Economics Track). I was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford King Center on Global Development.

My research interests are at the intersection of development economics, political economy, and public finance. My primary research agenda explores the determinants of state capacity and tax capacity in particular. A second agenda focuses on the origins of social ties (especially kinship) and their effects on development.

My field work is based in the D.R. Congo, where I help manage a non-profit survey organization called ODEKA (Organisation d'Etudes Economiques sur le Kasai).

Here's my CV and a description of my research is here.

E-mail: augustin.bergeron@usc.edu

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