IEric Arias am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. Beginning in Fall 2018, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Government Department at William & Mary.  I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from New York University.

My research interests lie in international and comparative political economy, focusing on the international sources of domestic politics and political economy of development (with a regional specialization in Latin America).

I combine experimental and observational methods at different levels of analysis to explore two lines of inquiry: (1) how international flows of capital affect development and political accountability, and (2) the role of information in those and other dynamics.

My main line of inquiry explores the influence of international flows of capital on development and political accountability in the developing world, focusing on patronage politics and leader survival.

My second stream of research studies how information affects political accountability and development outcomes, including social norms, corruption, and preferences over monetary and fiscal policy. Parts of this research have been supported by EGAP’s Metaketa Initiatives, Oxford Policy Management’s Economic Development & Institutions program and UNESCO.

You can contact me at eric.arias@princeton.edu