Cyrus Samii

Cyrus Samii is Assistant Professor with the Department of Politics, New York University. He writes and teaches on quantitative social science methodology, with an emphasis on causal inference, and on substantive topics related to governance in contexts where formal institutions are weak, the political economy of development, and social, economic, and psychological causes of violent conflict. His work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, and Survey Methodology. He has designed and carried out field studies in Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia, Israel, Liberia, and Nepal. He holds a PhD from Columbia University and BA from Tufts University.

Content by Cyrus Samii
  • Blog post

    From local to global: Extrapolating experiments

    The use of randomised control trials (RCTs) in evaluating the design and efficacy of policies has exploded in the last decade. New papers appear every week. But while RCTs are quickly becoming the gold standard for impact evaluations in international development and aid interventions, questions persist about what the results of an RCT in one context can tell us about the...

    11 Jan 2016 | Rajeev Dehejia, Cristian Pop-Eleches, Cyrus Samii

  • Project

    Estimating the impacts of affirmative action policies in public service hiring in Pakistan: A regression discontinuity approach

    This project examines the impact of affirmative action in public service hiring in Pakistan. Governments adopt affirmative action policies to help disadvantaged communities achieve development in line with other groups in society. However, these policies are often criticized because of efficiency losses that occur when a merit-based rule for resource allocation is...

    29 May 2015 | Cyrus Samii, Saad Gulzar, Syeda Shahbano Ijaz