Dr. Desiree Desierto, a research fellow at the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice, has two forthcoming publications: "Formal Models of the Political Resource Curse” in Economics of Governance, and "What Resource Curse? The Null Effect of Remittances on Public Good Provision" in the Journal of Theoretical Politics.
Desierto specializes in the political economy of development. After obtaining an MSc in development economics from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Nottingham, she became the Robert M. Solow Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cournot Centre in Economic Studies in France, a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, and an associate professor at the University of the Philippines. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Desierto recently presented her work, Corruption in Public Spending: Measuring Theft and Bribery, at Stanford University.