Ilia Murtazashvili holds a Ph.D. in political science and master’s degree in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Wisconsin. His research areas include political economy and institutional design with substantive emphasis on origins and change in property institutions. His is the author of Arms and the University (with Donald Downs) and Bandits within the State: The Political Economy of Property Institutions on the American Frontier (both to be published by Cambridge University Press). He is currently working on a third book, Land and the State: The Political Economy of Property Institutions in Afghanistan (with Jennifer Murtazashvili), which considers in depth the relationship between land, state failure, and state building. At GSPIA, he teaches courses in economics for public affairs, macroeconomics, environmental economics, policy analysis, property rights and resource management, and regulatory policy.

Selected Projects of Note

Recent Publications

  • Arms and the University: Military Presence and the Civic Education of Non-Military Students. With Donald A. Downs. Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press (early 2012).
  • Bandits within the State: The Political Economy of Property Institutions on the American Frontier. Under contract, Cambridge University Press (Series: Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions).
  • Land and the State: The Political Economy of Property Institutions in Afghanistan. With Jennifer Murtazashvili. In progress (first draft complete; to be submitted Fall 2011).

Substantive Areas

  • Decentralization, Subnational Governance, and Civil Society
  • Property Rights and Land Tenure

Regions

  • Central Asia and the Middle East

Contact Info

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