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Alexandr Lenk

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Alexandr Lenk

American Democracy Graduate Fellows


Alex Lenk is a Third Year PhD student at the Department of Economics. His research combines methodologies from Causal Inference, Experimental and Development Economics to study incentives behind the formation of group-level decisions, in particular in the context of public good provision. His project through the Center for American Democracy at IRiSS with coauthor Matias Cersosimo uses experimental methods to study the objective function of leaders who have the power to intervene and restrict the decisions taken by others. The goal is to quantify the trade-off the leader faces between improving aggregate (and individual) welfare by correcting for group-level externality while allowing the group to maintain a degree of decision autonomy.