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Tunisia will soon become one of the world’s largest recipients of foreign aid. But this influx of foreign money could drown out demand for the kind of structural changes that are necessary to keep this fledgling democracy from yet more political instability.
In Washington Post


Analyzing Variation in the Cross-Section and Over Time: Harnessing Fixed Effects

Despite their popularity, linear fixed effects models can be a painful experience for applied researchers. Our paper explains how to maximize the utility of fixed effects while maintaining rigor and clarity.

Business Influence on Democratization

My dissertation is a comprehensive evaluation of how businesses build coalitions for and against democratization in late-developing countries.

Islamist-Secularist Polarization during the Arab Uprisings

The Arab Uprisings set off lingering resentment between secularists and Islamists. We show how to measure and better understand this phenomenon using IRT modeling and cross-national Twitter datasets.

Absence Makes the Ideal Points Sharper: An Ordinal IRT Model for Complete-Data Rollcall Vote Modeling

I put forward a Bayesian IRT model that is capable of handling legislator absence as a form of data that can increase the precision of ideal point estimates.

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