Dr Kathryn Baragwanath

Research Fellow

Areas of expertise: political economy; natural resources and environmental politics; politics of development; geographic and spatial data, Latin America

Phone: +61 414 319 133

Email: kabaragwanath@acu.edu.au

Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-8950-3506

My research focuses on the political economy of natural resources and environmental politics, with a focus on Latin America, where I am from.

My dissertation and book project investigates the effects of oil windfalls on political corruption and selection. I use a combination of formal models, natural quasi-experiments, and structural estimation to identify the effects of oil shocks on mayors’ corruption levels, reelection rates and policy outcomes in Brazilian municipalities. My other work studies the politics of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, and seeks to understand how collective land rights, commodity extraction and government policies can affect environmental conservation.

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  • The Effect of Oil Windfalls on Corruption: Evidence from Brazil (Job Market Paper) [draft]
  • Mining, Corruption and Deforestation in Brazil.
  • Using Satellite Imagery to Detect the Impacts of New Highways: An Application to India (with Gordon Hanson, Amit K. Khandelwal and Hogeun Park).
  • Career Choices, Selection Effects and Re-election Outcomes: How Votes and Money Affect Incumbents Choices and Electoral Success (with Debora Gershon).

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