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Dimitri Landa


Department of Politics, NYU
Research: the wages of incompetence: policy expertise and agents’incentives in argumentation to the principals
Residency: September 1, 2010, through July 15, 2011

Landa is an associate professor of politics at New York University. His primary fields are political economy, political theory, and American politics. He received his BA in economics at California State University and PhD in political science at the University of Minnesota.

One of his recent research projects is the determinants of accountability in diverse principal-agent environments in politics, including the effects of transparency and clarity of responsibility in political decision making and the optimality of distinct agent oversight regimes. Another major project has examined participants’ incentives to engage in informative argumentation in diverse voting and deliberative institutional settings. Other projects concern properties of decision making on collegial courts, the complexities of counterfactual inference in medical research, and others.

His work has appeared in a number of leading political science journals, including American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics.

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Recent Commentary

Korean man with bombs

Threat for Threat

by Dimitri Landavia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 6, 2012

How South Korea might deter its nuclear neighbor without going nuclear itself. By Dimitri Landa.