Katherine E Casey

Assistant Professor of Political Economy

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Academic Areas: Political Economy

Katherine Casey’s research explores the interactions between economic and political forces in developing countries, including the impact of government reforms and external interventions on institutional strength and economic growth. She is particularly interested in the role of information in enhancing political accountability and the influence of foreign aid on economic development. Her work combines theory and empirical work, conducting randomized trials where appropriate.


Katherine Casey is an Assistant Professor of Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She teaches a Strategy Beyond Markets course for first year MBAs that is tailored to the particular opportunities and challenges facing firms investing in developing economies. Her current research examines how asymmetric information in electoral contests affects voting choice and public sector performance, and the impact of foreign aid on collective action and economic development. Katherine holds a PhD in Economics from Brown University and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University. She has worked as a consultant for the World Bank in Madagascar, the Comoros and Indonesia, and has spent several years working with the Government of Sierra Leone.

Selected Publications

Working Papers

  • 2099R: Crossing Party Lines: The Effects of Information on Redistributive Politics

Courses Taught

  • POLECON 231: Strategy Beyond Markets: Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Economies