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Alicia D. Cooperman
- Original household surveys (n=499) with local citizens and association leaders in 100 communities across 8 municipalities before the mayoral election in October 2016. A follow-up survey to create a panel dataset is planned for October 2018.
- Quantitative spatial analysis to compare the geo-coded survey responses with data on local electoral results, the timing and location of investment in public goods, and health outcomes.
- Semi-structured interviews conducted with bureaucrats in the state capital and with local citizens, association leaders, and local politicians in municipalities throughout the state.
- Field experiment during 2017-2018
- Part of the EGAP Metaketa Initiative on Natural Resources
- Revise and resubmit
- Book for the World Bank, under review
- Westview Press Award for best paper delivered by a graduate student at MPSA Conference 2015
- Giancarlo Doria Prize for best paper in any subject in political science by 1st-3rd year students by Columbia Department of Political Science
My main interests are political economy of development and statistical methods, focused in Latin America.
I am interested in public goods provision and how different factors affect access to public goods (decentralization, local governance and accountability, clientelism).
My methods training includes field experiments and randomization inference, multilevel models, regression discontinuity, limited dependent variable and panel data, and ArcGIS.
My current projects are focused on the politics of water access, natural disasters, clientelism, grassroots organizations, local governance, and public goods in Brazil.
Allocating Essential Public Services: Collective Action and Local Politics in Brazil
My research studies the strategic relationships between grassroots associations and local politicians for access to water. What explains variation in access to essential public services? Under what conditions do community associations improve citizens’ access?
My 2017 fieldwork is funded by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship. I am affiliated with Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Rio de Janeiro, RJ) and Universidade Federal do Ceará (Fortaleza, CE).
“Participatory Measurement, Monitoring, and Management of Groundwater in Northeast Brazil” (with Brigitte Seim and Alexandra (Sasha) Richey)
“Randomization Inference with Rainfall Data: Using Historical Weather Patterns for Variance Estimation”
“Monitoring & Evaluation Manual in Fragile States” (with Alexander Hamilton, Craig Hammer, Tara Slough, and Erin York)
“(Un)Natural Disasters: Distributive Politics in Northeast Brazil”
“Religious and Racial Diversity: Studying Public Goods Access in Brazil” (with Tara Slough)
“Are Natural Disasters Divine Punishment or Bad Politics?” (with Allison Carnegie and Lindsay Dolan)
Master of International Affairs (Dean's Fellow), School of Global Policy & Strategy (formerly IR/PS) at UC San Diego - 2013
B.A. in Human Biology (Phi Beta Kappa), Stanford University - 2008