Georgiy Syunyaev

Research Fellow @ WZB Berlin β€’ PhD in Political Science @ Columbia University


I am a post-doctoral fellow at the Institutions and Political Inequality Unit at Berlin Social Science Center (WZB Berlin) and hold a Ph.D. Degree in Political Science from Columbia University.

My research broadly focuses on government incentives for fiscal and political decentralization and the role of state-owned media in framing responsibility across government hierarchy. In addition, I am interested in experimental evaluation of the political and economic effects of introducing new information communication technologies (ICTs) and using them to improve citizen-government communication. I study these questions predominantly in Post-Soviet Countries.

Methodologically I rely on a mixture of experimental methods as well as Bayesian statistics. In my work, I pay special attention to research transparency and over the years, contributed to several R packages: CausalQueries, DeclareDesign, and hiddenmeta.

Previously I was a research fellow at the J-PAL Global and the International Center for Studies for the Study of Institutions and Development at HSE University, as well as visiting scholar at the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, and the World Bank’s Development Group.

You can download my CV here.


Oct 14, 2022 βœ¨πŸŽ“ I just defended my dissertation! Thank you to Tim Frye, Macartan Humphreys, Don Green, Katya Tertytchnaya, and Scott Gehlbach for all the comments and questions
Jul 16, 2021 πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ Our paper on COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and hesitancy is now available in Nature Medicine. You can read summary of findings here