Michael Best

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J-PAL Affiliated Professor

Assistant Professor of Economics

Columbia University

Michael Best is an assistant professor of economics at Columbia University. His research focuses on improving government effectiveness in low- and middle-income countries, particularly by improving tax compliance and bureaucratic performance. Prior to joining Columbia, Michael was a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Michael holds a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics and an M.Phil from the University of Oxford.