About Tesalia Rizzo Reyes

Assistant Professor

Political Science

University of California, Merced.

Fields: Comparative, Methods

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Email: trizzo@mit.edu

Website: http://www.tesaliarizzo.com

Biographical sketch and research interests

I study topics in comparative political behavior and political economy using a variety of techniques such as field experiments, surveys, interviews, and observational data. My book project, titled “Intermediaries of the State: The Bureaucratic Transaction Costs of Claiming Welfare in Mexico,” explores how bureaucratic transaction costs prevent individuals from directly claiming welfare benefits. Instead, these costs create a market for clientelist intermediaries, disincentivizes governments from creating sound social policy, and inhibit citizens from effectively engaging with the state.