Gregory W. Caskey


Applied Microeconomics, Economic Development, & Political Economy
I'm a Ph.D. Candidate in my 4th year in the Department of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a Graduate Fellow in the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center.  My research focuses on applied microeconomics, economic development, and political economy. Under the supervision of my dissertation advisor, Dr. Tyler Cowen, I will be defending my dissertation, Three Essays on the Role of China in the Developing World, in Spring 2022.
My job market paper, "Chinese Development Lending & the Amplification Effect" examines the effects of Chinese development lending and foreign aid upon the political institutions of recipient countries. Utilizing a variety of estimators on panel data for 100+ low- and middle- income countries over the period of 2002-2017, I explore whether China’s growing presence in this domain assists or impedes the institutional health of recipient countries.
My research has been published in Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Markets & Morality, and The Independent Review.  I'm currently working on several projects on the economic and political consequences of China's Belt and Road Initiative, as well as China's coercive assimilatory policies towards the Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minority groups in Xinjiang. 

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Greg Caskey


Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Economics, George Mason University