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Our Mission

The Political Economy and Development Lab (PEDL) at Brigham Young University was founded in 2008 to increase understanding of the relationship between politics and economics, with a special focus on global development. We examine these themes through five lenses: public goods and development, conflict and development, foreign aid, corruption and development and public discourse. Our mission is four-fold:

  1. to mentor undergraduate students in research related to these topics
  2. to develop and house large datasets on political economy
  3. to coordinate and produce quality research and reporting from the data
  4. to invite and host visiting speakers and scholars in residence

Through our work, we hope to better prepare the leaders of tomorrow to understand and confront the challenges of international development and political economy. In our collaborations, we hope to inform and influence policy and advance understanding of the problems and solutions we face globally.
PEDL is generously funded by Richard and Judy Finch.

PEDL is housed in the Political Science Department at Brigham Young University and includes scholars from Political Science, Economics, and from the Graduate Program for Public Policy.