Yuen Yuen Ang

Research Faculty


Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Faculty Associate, Center for Chinese Studies


Ph.D. 2010 Stanford University (Political Science)


Yuen Yuen Ang’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Department of Political Science, University of Michigan
7719 Haven Hall, 505 South State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1045

Phone: 734–936–0089
Email: yuenang@umich.edu

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Ang studies adaptation, development, and governance in the developing world. She is primarily interested in the design of meta-institutions that foster adaptation in poor and constrained environments. Adopting a dynamic approach to the study of development, her recent work focuses on: (1) mapping the coevolution of states and markets, (2) investigating the strategies that promote coevolutionary processes of radical change, and (3) uncovering the variety of non-best institutions (mostly informal, based on connections, and equated with corruption) that build markets, as compared to conventionally good institutions that preserve developed markets.

Selected publications. Please also see Yuen Yuen Ang’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)...

2015. Which Comes First in Development—State Capacity or Economic Growth?, The Political Economist, newsletter of the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association, Spring 2015
The Political Economist

2014. Making Details Matter: How to Reform Aid Agencies to Generate Contextual Knowledge, Winner of the Global Development Network Essay Contest on Reinventing Foreign Aid

2014. Authoritarian Restraints on Online Activism Revisited: Why ‘I-Paid-A-Bribe’ Worked in India but Failed in China, Comparative Politics, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp. 21-40

2014. Perverse Complementarity: Political Connections and Use of Courts Among Chinese Firms (With Nan JIA), The Journal of Politics, Volume 76, Issue 2, pp. 318-332.