My research largely considers what makes a country vulnerable to international financial markets and how this vulnerability impacts the choices which governments make. For instance, I examine whether financial markets influence fiscal policy, how financially vulnerable democracies have worse debt-market access compared with autocracies, and whether financially vulnerable countries are more susceptible to coercion through the imposition of economic sanctions.
I also have ongoing work examining how Central Bank Independence influences political stability, specifically looking at newly democratized countries in the developing world. Additional projects examine how governments inflate their GDP growth numbers and what constrains them, and whether informationally unconstrained governments are more likely to experience economic crises (as we should expect from the example of Greece). While I have a larger research agenda, these works form the core of my present focus.