Katherine Casey is an Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She teaches a Strategy Beyond Markets course for first year MBAs that is tailored to the particular opportunities and challenges facing firms investing in developing economies. Her current research examines how asymmetric information in electoral contests affects voting choice and public sector performance, and the impact of foreign aid on collective action and economic development. Katherine holds a PhD in Economics from Brown University and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University. She has worked as a consultant for the World Bank in Madagascar, the Comoros and Indonesia, and has spent several years working with the Government of Sierra Leone.


Brown University
PhD in Economics (2011), AM in Economics (2007)

Harvard University
Master of Public Policy, Political and Economic Development (2003)

Northwestern University
Bachelor of Arts, English and Political Science (minor) (1998)

Awards & Grants

  • Excellence in Refereeing Award 2017, American Economic Review
  • Kevin J. O’Donohue Family Faculty Scholar for 2017-2018
  • John A. Gunn and Cynthia Fry Gunn Faculty Scholar for 2014-2015, 2012-2013
  • SEED Faculty I-Award, (2014-present)
  • Governance Initiative, Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT, Research grant (PI) (2011 – present)
  • International Growth Centre, Research grant (PI) (2011 – present), (2014-present)
  • National Bureau of Economic Research Africa Project, Research grant (PI) (2008-present)