Pablo Balán

Pablo Balán is an assistant professor of political science at Tel Aviv University and an affiliate fellow at the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He studies how informal institutions affect the prospects and implementation of programmatic reform, with a focus on developing countries. He has conducted research on the foundations of state capacity in Africa using field experiments and on the political effects of family networks, most recently in the context of firms. He obtained a PhD in government from Harvard University, and his research has appeared in the American Economic Review and the American Political Science Review.

Family Ties as Corporate Power

Pablo Balán explains that family ties provide firms with an edge in collective action that enables them to be politically active through campaign donations, to engage in financial rent-seeking by obtaining subsidized state credit, and to bypass regulation seeking to curtail the influence of business by substituting individual contributions for corporate contributions. Scholars and advocates can benefit from a deeper understanding of organizational constraints to programmatic reform.

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