The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy is now open.  Our office hours are from: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. Please refer to the COVID-19 Resource Guide for all matters related to the return to campus.  All visitors and vendors must fill out the Columbia University Health Screening Form.  We look forward to seeing you on campus.


Abhit Bhandari

PhD Student



Abhit Bhandari is a PhD student focusing on the comparative political economy of development, as well as quantitative and formal methodology. His research explores property rights, informal institutions, and investment in sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to Columbia, he worked for the UN World Food Programme in Senegal. He holds a BA in Political Science and African Studies from Northwestern University, and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


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