Katherine Casey

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Kevin J. O’Donohue Family Faculty Scholar for 2020–2021
Academic Area: 
Political Economy

Research Statement

Katherine Casey is an associate professor of political economy at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her research explores the interactions between economic and political forces in developing countries, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. She is particularly interested in the role of information in enhancing electoral accountability, strategies to increase the productivity of government workers, and the influence of foreign aid on economic development.

Bio

Katherine Casey is an associate professor of political economy at 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.

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Stanford GSB, 2016–present
  • Assistant Professor, Stanford GSB, 2012–2016

Awards and Honors

  • Kevin J. O’Donohue Family Faculty Scholar, 2019–2020
  • Kevin J. O’Donohue Family Faculty Scholar, 2018–2019
  • Kevin J. O’Donohue Family Faculty Scholar, 2017–2018
  • John A. Gunn and Cynthia Fry Gunn Faculty Scholar, 2014–2015
  • SEED Faculty I-Award, 2014–present

Publications

Journal Articles

Kelly Bidwell, Katherine Casey, Rachel Glennerster. Journal of Political Economy. August 2020, Vol. 128, Issue 8, Pages 2880-2924.
Katherine Casey. Annual Review of Economics. 2018, Vol. 10, Pages 139-165.
Katherine Casey, Rachel Glennerster. Science. May 13, 2016, Vol. 352, Issue 6287, Pages 766-767.
Katherine Casey. American Economic Review. August 2015, Vol. 105, Issue 8, Pages 2410-2448.
Katherine Casey, Guido W. Imbens, E. Miguel, C. Camerer, J. Cohen, K.M. Esterling, A. Gerber, R. Glennerster, D.P. Green, D. Laitin, L. Neslon, B.A. Nosek, M. Petersen, R. Sedlmayr, J.P. Simmons, U. Simonsohn, M. Van der Laan. Science. January 3, 2014, Vol. 343, Issue 6166, Pages 30-31.
Katherine Casey, Rachel Glennerster, Edward Miguel. Quarterly Journal of Economics. 2012, Vol. 127, Issue 4, Pages 1755-1812.

Working Papers

An Experiment in Candidate Selection | PDF
Katherine Casey, Abou Bakarr Kamara, Niccolo Meriggi, August 292019
Skill versus Voice in Local Development | PDF
Katherine Casey, Rachel Glennerster, Edward Miguel, Maarten Voors, May 292019

Teaching

Degree Courses

2019-20

This course shares significant material with POLECON 230 and the goal of developing integrated strategies for optimal firm performance that combine elements within and beyond markets. POLECON 231 diverges from the base course to delve deeper into...

2018-19

This course shares significant material with POLECON 230 and the goal of developing integrated strategies for optimal firm performance that combine elements within and beyond markets. POLECON 231 diverges from the base course to delve deeper into...

Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

Stanford Case Studies

The Political Economy of Ethanol Policy in the U.S. and Brazil | P103
Katherine Casey, Christy Johnson2020
U. S. Health Care Reform | P102
Katherine Casey, Kenneth Shotts, Christy Johnson2020
Repsol and YPF (A): A Perfect Marriage? | P90 (A)
Katherine Casey, Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin2017
Repsol and YPF (B): Considering Options | P90 (B)
Katherine Casey, Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin2017
Repsol and YPF (C): Recovering Value | P90 (C)
Katherine Casey, Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin2017

Stanford University Affiliations

Stanford GSB

Insights by Stanford Business

September 25, 2018
Identifying and promoting talented technocrats outside traditional hierarchies can catalyze local economic development.
January 16, 2015
Four Stanford scholars share the most important lessons they’ve learned in the field.
October 22, 2013
Research in Sierra Leone offers insights into how to help voters elect better leaders, dampen ethnic rivalries, and strengthen democracy.

School News

April 14, 2020
Students are taking advantage of new class offerings and preparing to lead in a transformed world.