Theme 5 elucidates the importance of political processes and ask how these processes constrain (and occasionally support) structural transformation. The theme is led by Monica Martinez-Bravo and Leonard Wantchekon.

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Monica Martinez-Bravo is an Associate Professor at CEMFI in Madrid. She is also a Research Affiliates of BREAD, CEPR and the IGC. She received her PhD. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010. Prior to joining CEMFI, she was an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University (2010 - 2012). Her research interests are in the fields of development economics and political economy. She has studied the determinants of the elite capture in consolidating democracies and the effects of institutional reform on public good provision. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Review of Economic Studies. 
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Leonard Wantchekon is Professor in the Politics department and Associate Professor in the Economics department at Princeton University. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Executive Committee of the Council for International Teaching and Research at Princeton, a core partner director at the Afrobarometer Network and the founder the Africa School of Economics (ASE) in his home country of Benin. His research is broadly focused on Political Economy and development economics particularly in Africa, and his specific interests include experimental studies on democracy and governance, resource curse, and long-term social impact of historical events. Prior to joining Princeton University, he was on the faculty of New York University (2001-2011), and Yale University (1995-2001). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University (1995) and his M.A. in Economics from Laval University and University of British Columbia (1992).

Pathfinding Paper 1 , Pathfinding Paper 2 and Pathfinding Paper 7 are related to this theme.