Slices of Filipino political life. Click on the images to enlarge. Can you spot the good politician? Surely not all politicians are bad. But what makes a good politician anyway? Why don't we see a whole lot of them around? At what point in the democratic process do we lose them? How do we attract and keep them in public office? How do we deter the bad ones? What can we do, as academics and policymakers, to improve the quality of the elected government? These are some of the questions that motivate my research. Scroll down to learn more about my research agenda. Bonus: Spot my cameo appearance. Commissioned artworks by Filipino artist Bladimer Usi.
2020. Can We Encourage Publicly Motivated Citizens to Run for Office?: Evidence from a Leadership Training Workshop for First-Time Political Candidates
2019. Undermining Clientelism. With Shane Xuan and Ron Mendoza.
2019. Public Works Accountability and Civil Society Advocacy. With Eitan Paul, Allen Hicken, and Ron Mendoza.
2019. Ravanilla, Nico. "The Multimember Plurality System in the Philippines & Its Implications." In Strong Patronage, Weak Parties: The Case for Electoral System Redesign in the Philippines, ed. Paul Hutchcroft.
2018. Hicken, Allen, Stephen Leider, Nico Ravanilla and Dean Yang. "Temptation in Vote-Selling: Evidence from a Field Experiment in the Philippines." Journal of Development Economics. 131(-): 1-14.
2017. Family Networks and Voter Behavior: Evidence from the Philippines. With Michael Davidson and Allen Hicken.
2015. Hicken, Allen, Stephen Leider, Nico Ravanilla and Dean Yang. “Measuring Vote–Selling: Field Evidence from the Philippines." American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings. 105(5): 352-56.
2020. Deadly Populism: How Local Political Outsiders Drive Duterte's War on Drugs in the Philippines. With Renard Sexton and Dotan Haim.
2019. Woman Vs. Church: How Female Mayors Implement Reproductive Health Policies in Strongholds of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. With Nina McMurry.
2019. De-escalating Conflict in the Philippines. With Dotan Haim and Renard Sexton.
2018-2019. Police Community Relations (Phases I & II). With Dotan Haim and Matthew Nanes.
2017. Electoral Pressures and the Incentive to "Bring Home the Pork: The Case of Philippine Senators. With Allen Hicken.
2015. Atkinson, James, Allen Hicken and Nico Ravanilla. “Pork & Typhoons: The Influence of Political Connections on Disaster Response." In Building Inclusive Democracies in ASEAN, eds. Ronald Mendoza, Edsel Beja Jr., et al. Manila: Anvil, 74–96.
Google Scholar. Please click here to view my Google Scholar page.
Statement. Please click here to download a copy of my latest research statement.