Takaaki Masaki

Senior Research Analyst

Dr. Takaaki Masaki is a Senior Research Analyst at AidData. Taka’s research focuses on the political economy of development in sub-Saharan Africa. At AidData, he conducts policy analysis of quantitative data from in-country decision-makers to assess donor impact and influence. Taka’s doctoral dissertation focused on three areas: the relationship between coups and aid allocation, the domestic factors that influence the distribution of development finance within an aid-recipient country, and how this aid allocation impacts state institutions in recipient countries. Taka is fluent in utilizing complex datasets generated from various sources including surveys, crowdsourcing, and web scraping.

Taka received an honorarium for 2015-2016 from the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research to research fiscal transfers, local tax revenue, and public service provisions in Tanzania. In May 2015, Taka earned his PhD in Political Science from Cornell University, with a major in Comparative Politics and a minor in Political Methodology. While at Cornell, Taka taught classes in comparative politics, statistics, regression analysis, Southeast Asian politics, and authoritarianism.

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Subnational Aid Analysis, Developing Country Perceptions, Political Economy of Development, Sub-Saharan Africa

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