Oliver Vanden Eynde

Oliver Vanden Eynde is Visiting Associate Research Scholar, Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) at Princeton University. His research focuses on civil conflict, crime, and the role of the military in developing countries. He has worked on the human capital effects of military recruitment in colonial India, the design of civil-military institutions, and the targeting strategies of insurgents in India’s Maoist conflict. Current research projects explore the relationship between political change and crime reduction in India, the impact of infrastructure development in conflict zones, and the public finance of conflict.   

Content by Oliver Vanden Eynde
  • Publication - Working Paper

    Tender competitiveness and project performance in India’s PMGSY scheme

    15 Apr 2019 | Jonathan Lehne, Jacob Shapiro, Oliver Vanden Eynde

  • Data Item

    Data: Bidding for roads

    Politically-driven corruption is a pervasive challenge for development, but evidence of its welfare effects are scarce. Using data from a major rural road construction programme in India we document political influence in a setting where politicians have no official role in contracting decisions. Exploiting close elections to identify the causal effect of coming to power,...

    12 Feb 2019

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Building connections: Political corruption and road construction in India

    15 Aug 2017 | Jacob Shapiro, Oliver Vanden Eynde

  • Project

    Bidding for roads

    This project aims to understand how to make it harder for local politicians to capture small-scale infrastructure projects. By analysing detailed data on the bidding process we aim to understand how politicians have been able to intervene and what could be done to prevent such manipulation in future. In particular, we aim to answer 3 questions related to political...

    27 Oct 2016 | Oliver Vanden Eynde, Jacob Shapiro

  • Blog post

    Connecting the red corridor: Infrastructure provision in conflict areas

    The government’s efforts to develop rural infrastructure have been particularly intense in the 90-odd districts affected by Maoism. How successful has implementation of flagship infrastructure programmes been in these areas? This blog finds that disruption of programmes by Maoists, as reported by newspapers, is not nearly as pervasive as one might think. Unprecedented...

    6 Nov 2015 | Jacob Shapiro, Oliver Vanden Eynde

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Connecting the red corridor

    28 Oct 2015 | Oliver Vanden Eynde, Jamie Hansen-Lewis, Austin L. Wright, Jacob Shapiro

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Connecting the red corridor: Infrastructure development in conflict zones

    19 Jun 2015 | Oliver Vanden Eynde, Jamie Hansen-Lewis, Austin L. Wright, Jacob Shapiro

  • Project

    Connecting the red corridor: Infrastructure provision in conflict zones

    This project studies how the implementation of rural infrastructure projects has affected the intensity of Maoist violence in India’s so-called “Red Corridor.” We also investigate the determinants of the successful completion of rural infrastructure projects in regions affected by Maoist violence. The challenge of bringing economic growth to communities affected by...

    10 Dec 2014 | Jacob Shapiro, Oliver Vanden Eynde