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Hi and thanks for visiting my website! I am an economist working in political economy, labor, and development.

Within political economy, most of my work seeks to answer: How do political forces shape the performance and effectiveness of government? Within labor, most of my work seeks to answer: How do workers get allocated across different jobs? Within development, most of my work seeks to answer: What can be done to help people who live in violent, peripheral, ungoverned spaces?

I am an Assistant Professor at Stockholm IIES (which you can follow on Twitter @IIES_Sthlm). I received my PhD in economics from UC San Diego in 2017. If you're interested in my work, I'd love to hear from you!

I can be reached at mitch.downey [at] iies.su.se.