I am a current PhD candidate in the Political Economy of Development in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.

I have an AB in Economics from Princeton University, an MSc in Development Economics from the University of London SOAS and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Please see my CV for more information curriculum vitae.




Jason Jackson

jbrj at mit

Research areas

Political Economy of Institutions, Business Government Relations, Industrial Policy

Dissertation Research

Title: Institutions, Economic Interests and Policy Preferences: Insights from the Political Economy of Foreign Direct Investment in India

This dissertation focuses on the politics of foreign direct investment (FDI) policy in India from the end of the colonial period, through import substitution and economic liberalization to the present. It provides a firm-centric political economic approach to understanding the mutual constitution of actors, preferences and institutions and the implications for political behavior and economic outcomes. Further details are available in my dissertation abstract.

My dissertation research has been supported by a number of organizations including the Social Science Research Council, the MIT Center for International Studies and the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning through its Emerson and Rodwin Awards.