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Anh Tran

Assistant Professor
(812) 855-0563
SPEA Room 410J

Ph.D. in Public Policy, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2009
Master in Advanced Economics, UNSW, Sydney, Australia, 1999
A.B., (with honors), Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics, Moscow, Russia, 1995

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2009-present
  • Director, Vietnam Initiative
  • Faculty Research Associate, Harvard University, 2009-2011
  • Short-term Consultant, World Bank Institute, Washington D.C., 2006-2008
  • Short-term Consultant, United Nations Development Programme, Hanoi and Colombo, 2002–2007
  • Researcher, Prime Minister’s Research Council, Vietnam, 2000–2003

Visit my personal website.

Go to the Vietnam Young Leaders Award scholarship page.

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • Honorable mention, 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference, Bangkok, 2010
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Student Teaching, J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2007–2008
  • Asia Pacific Academic Fellow, UNDP, 2006–2007
  • Fellow, Harvard Yenching Institute, 2003–2007
  • Fellow, Center for International Development, Harvard University, 2005–2007
  • Fellow, Emerging Leaders Program, Asia Foundation, 2002

Professional Interests
Institutions and behavior of bureaucrats, entrepreneurs and workers in developing countries

Current Projects

  • “Once Bitten, Twice Shy? The Lasting Impact of IRS Audits on Individual Tax Reporting” (with Jason DeBacker, Bradley T. Heim and Alexander Yuskavage)
  • “Can Regulations Reduce Corruption? Evidence from the Internal Records of a Bribe-Paying Firm”
  • “The Economic Impacts of Re-Centralization: A Quasi-Experiment Abolishing Elected Councils in Vietnam” (with Edmund Malesky and Cuong Nguyen)
OnTOPIC Podcast
SPEA Podcasts Corruption in the Developing World

Selected Publications
Full Vita

  • “The Adverse Effects of Sunshine: A Field Experiment on Legislative Transparency in an Authoritarian Assembly,” 2012. American Political Science Review 106(4), (with Edmund Malesky and Paul Schuler)
  • “The Impact of Legal Enforcement: An Analysis of Corporate Tax Aggressiveness after an Audit,” forthcoming, Journal of Law and Economics (with Jason DeBacker, Bradley T. Heim and Alexander Yuskavage)
  • “Importing Corruption Culture from Overseas: Evidence from Corporate Tax Evasion in the United States,”  2012. Journal of Financial Economics (with Jason DeBacker and Bradley T. Heim)
  • “Rank as an Inherent Incentive: Evidence from a Field Experiment,” 2012. Journal of Public Economics, 96(9–10):645–650, (with Richard Zeckhauser)