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Department of Political Science pres.

Bridging Political Economy & Global Development

Kick-off meeting with Vijayendra Rao (Lead Economist, World Bank)

Vijayendra Rao Vijayendra Rao
Vijayendra Rao
About the series: This exploratory series identifies how rigorous research in political economy can contribute to cutting edge agendas and pressing needs in global development, which broadly encompasses poverty eradication, governance, peace-building, climate action, China’s rising global role, and other issues. This is an interdisciplinary group. Graduate students from all departments are welcome. To sign, please email Yuen Yuen Ang at

About the speaker: Vijayendra (Biju) Rao is a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank, works at the intersection of scholarship and practice. He leads the World Bank’s Social Observatory, an inter-disciplinary effort to improve the conversation between citizens and governments.

Recommended readings:

1. “Deliberative Democracy in an Unequal World: A Text-As-Data Study of South India’s Village Assemblies,” by Rao & co-authors, American Political Science Review, 2019:

2. Mixing big & thick data; an IBM report featuring World Bank’s Social Observatory:
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