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Ryan Tans

Ryan Tans

CDDRL Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017-18
Encina Hall, E104
616 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6055

Research Interests

political economy of development, decentralization, taxation, local politics, Southeast Asia


I am a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law at Stanford University. My research explores the developmental implications of public-private linkages in decentralizing, developing countries, especially in Southeast Asia. More specifically, my dissertation examines the conditions under which local governments in Indonesia and the Philippines finance investments in infrastructure by adopting new taxes that are economically efficient but politically challenging. It argues that strong local business associations are key institutions for resolving the distributional and monitoring challenges posed by taxation. I received a PhD in political science from Emory University and an MA in Southeast Asian studies from National University of Singapore.