Christina Seyfried

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I study the political economy of development and quantitative methods, with a focus on development finance and the interaction of economic and political development in lower-income economies. For my dissertation, I am collecting observational and experimental data to understand how African governments strategize around Chinese investments regarding local human capital development, technology transfers, and inclusive growth.

Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, I hold a BA (summa cum laude) in Economics and Diplomacy/World Affairs from Occidental College (2015). While completing my degree, I conducted research for the United Nations Foundation (UNF) in NYC, the U.S. Embassy in Austria, and the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in Kenya. Prior to joining Yale, I worked at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO). 


  • Political Economy
  • Quantitative Methods¬†