**My Google Scholar profile can be accessed here**

Much of my current research lies at the intersection of comparative and international political economy, with a general focus on the political determinants of economic development. Ongoing research projects explore:
  • the role that political institutions play in creating and enforcing rights to private property and political risk
  • authoritarian varieties and their impact on a variety of developmental outcomes, including participation in IMF programs, attracting FDI, and shaping political risk
  • the role of natural resource wealth on political development, particularly in autocracies
  • the impact of the era of European colonialism on development
Specific information on some of my recent work is listed below. Please contact me for further information on published or forthcoming work.

Colonialism and Long-Run Development
  • Jonathan Krieckhaus (University of Missouri) and I have published several papers on the importance of European colonialism for long-run development.  For the Appendix, Data, Code, and other materials related to "Colonialism, Property Rights, and the Modern World Income Distribution,"click here.
  • Most recently, our essay "Colonialism and Democratization" appeared in the March 2014 issues of the APSA-Comparative Democratization Newsletter. The full issue is available at this link. The full bibliography for our essay is available at this link.

Institutions, Property Rights, and Political Risk
  • For the Data, Code, and other materials related to "Inequality, Institutions, and the Risks to Foreign Investment," click here
  • My most recent paper in this area, "Leader Turnover, Volatility, and Political Risk," can be accessed  at this link.

Mass Attitudes and Democratization
  • Fails, Matthew D., and Heather Nicole Pierce. 2010. “Changing Mass Attitudes and Democratic Deepening.” Political Research Quarterly 63 (1): 174-187.  Paper here
  • Fails, Matthew D. 2009. “Does Substantive Democratization Create More Committed Democrats? Surprising Evidence from Africa.” Democratization 16 (5): 841-866. Paper here
  • Parke, Dana (former Oakland University undergraduate), and Matthew D. Fails. 2014. "The Logic of External Reform Resistance: Attitudes toward Economic and Political Liberalization in Senegal." Journal of Developing Societies, forthcoming. Paper here.