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David Bulman

The Jill McGovern and Steven Muller Assistant Professor of International Affairs and China Studies

Director of the Pacific Community Initiative

About

David Bulman is the Jill McGovern and Steven Muller Assistant Professor of International Affairs and China Studies and Director of the Pacific Community Initiative at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was previously an Economist at the World Bank and a China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Bulman’s research focuses on the political economy of development, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between political and career incentives and economic outcomes in China.

His first book, Incentivized Development in China: Leaders, Governance, and Growth in China’s Counties, published by Cambridge University Press in 2016, examined the political foundations of local economic growth in China, focusing on the institutional and economic roles of county-level leaders and the career incentives that shape their behavior. Current research projects analyze the institutional determinants of “middle income traps” and central management of the local dynamism/control tradeoff in China’s provinces. Bulman received his MA and PhD in China Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a BA in Economics from Columbia University.
Bulman, D. (2016). Incentivized development in China: Leaders, governance, and growth in China's counties. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Expertise

Regions

  • Asia
  • China

Topics

  • Economics
  • Governance
  • International Development
  • International Organizations
  • Political Economy

Languages

  • Chinese