Kevin Grieco

Kevin Grieco

PhD Candidate

UCLA, Political Science

I study how low-capacity governments raise taxes and enforce policies. My current work focuses on fiscal capacity and traditional political institutions in Sierra Leone (where I have spent over three years living and working), collects original quantitative and qualitative data, uses field experiments to answer causal questions, and involves collaborations with local government and civil society partners. My research has been supported by the International Growth Centre and the International Centre for Tax and Development.

I am a PhD Candidate in political science at UCLA where I am currently a 2023 Keck Graduate Fellow. I will be a predoctoral fellow at the Local Government Revenue Initiative starting in September 2023. I was a 2021-2022 C. Lowell Harris Dissertation Fellow and I received the UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship.

  • PhD in Political Science (expected), 2024

    University of California, Los Angeles

  • MSc in International Development, 2016

    Wageningen University

  • BA in Economics & Philosophy, 2012

    University of New Hampshire

Working Papers

(2023). Strengthening Fiscal Contracts Through Digital Town Halls in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Working Paper.


(2023). Increasing local disease preparedness and surveillance capacity for global health security: a cluster-randomised control trial. Working Paper.


Ongoing projects

(2023). Weber's Nudge: Does Signaling Procedural Fairness on Tax Bills Increase Compliance?.


(2023). Mobilizing Voters with SMS in Sierra Leone.


(2023). Property Taxation and Political Accountability: Evidence from a Rule-based expansion of tax demands in Sierra Leone. Data collection complete.