David Skarbek

Associate Professor of Political Science, Brown University​​

President, Public Choice Society

I study the political economy of institutions and institutional change, with a focus on collective action, norms, and ethnic conflict. My current project explains the operation of informal institutions within prisons globally. My work has appeared in both economics and political science journals, including the American Political Science Review and the Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization. I've also published two award-winning books, both with Oxford University Press.