Thomas Fujiwara is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University, a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economics Research (NBER), and an Affiliate at the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD). He was a CIFAR Global Scholar in the Institutions, Organizations and Growth program from 2013 to 2015. Thomas earned his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in 2011, and holds a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of São Paulo.
Thomas’ research examines the role of political factors in shaping public policy, especially in developing countries. It seeks to understand why elected officials fail to provide adequate services and how the design of the electoral process can influence policymaking. For example, Thomas has studied the introduction of electronic voting that facilitated voting and promoted the de facto enfranchisement of millions of poorer Brazilians, showing that it shifted policymaking in a way that led to tangible benefits to the poor. Thomas is also interested in related issues of voter behaviour, having used field experiments to analyze how voters respond to different campaign strategies in Benin and the Philippines, how electoral rules shape the strategic considerations by voters, and the role of habit in driving voter turnout. Thomas plans to continue studying the political roots of public policy to contribute to our understanding of why inefficient policies persist in the developing world and how political institutions can be reformed to address these issues
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