Christopher Li

I am an assistant professor of economics and political science at Vanderbilt University

My primary research field is political economy. 



Work in Progress:

Hierarchical Control (with Greg Sasso and Ian Turner) 

Managing Government Hierarchy: Electoral Turnover and Intra-Governmental Cooperation (with Greg Sasso and Ian Turner) 

Incumbent Performance and Electoral Control: a Comment (with Germán Gieczewski) Conditionally accepted at Quarterly Journal of Political Science 

Grouptalk (with Brian Libgober) 

Electoral Intermediaries (with Jorge Gallego and Leonard Wantchekon)

Governmental Systems and Economic Volatility in Democracies  (with Chen Cheng, Giulia Venturini, and Weifeng Zhong)


Polarization and Policy Design (with Giovanni Andreottola)  Journal of Political Economy: Microeconomics, forthcoming

Learning by Choosing: Career Concerns with Observable Actions  (with T. Tony Ke and Mikhail Safronov )  American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 2023

Dynamics of Polarization: Affective Partisanship and Policy Divergence  (with Daniel Diermeier) British Journal of Political Science, 2023

Dynamic Policy Sabotage  (with Germán Gieczewski)  American Journal of Political Science, 2022

Indirect Accountability of Political Appointees   Journal of Theoretical Politics, 2022

A Theory of Strategic Voting with Non-Instrumental Motives (with Ricardo Pique) Social Choice and Welfare, 2020

Partisan Affect and Elite Polarization  (with Daniel Diermeier)  American Political Science Review, 2019

Laboratories of Democracy  (with Chen Cheng)  American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 2019

Electoral Control With Behavioral Voters (with Daniel Diermeier)  Journal of Politics, 2017