I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and I will be on the job market in 2023.
My research focuses on quantitative political economy and political behaviour using experiments and causal inference methods. My doctoral dissertation examines the effects of political crises on state capacity and voters’ preferences. You can find more information on my research below.
I am also a Teaching Fellow at the School of Public Policy at LSE for the 2022/2023 academic year. You can find more information on my teaching experience below.
Prior to joining LSE, I completed a Master in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard University and a Bachelor in Economics from Universidad del Pacífico. I have worked as a researcher in governance issues for The World Bank, J-PAL Latin America and as a civil servant in Peru. Several of my research questions emerged out of my experience as a practitioner of public policy in the Global South.
You can contact me at v.cheng-matsuno (at) lse (dot) ac (dot) uk
Cheng-Matsuno, Vanessa, Florian Foos, Peter John and Asli Unan. 2023. ‘Do text messages increase voter registration? Evidence from RCTs with a local authority and an advocacy organisation in the UK‘ Electoral Studies 81:102572 – URL
Local Authority Trial: Coefficient plots with 95% CI; (N 493).
Advocacy Organisation Trial: Coefficient plots with 95% CI; N 2396 (registration) and 2035 (turnout).
We present the results of two RCTs that aimed to increase voter registration in the UK using SMS-text messages, relying mainly on behavioural messaging – Abstract
‘Government, Interrupted: Local Politicians’ Decision-Making in Times of Political Crisis’ – Abstract
‘Using the Party as a Shield? How British MPs Explain Policy Positions to Constituents’ (with Daniel Bischof, Gidon Cohen, Sarah Cohen, Florian Foos, Patrick M. Kuhn, Kyriaki Nanou, Nick Vivyan and Neil Visalvanich) – OSF preprint
‘Do Voters Differentially Punish Transnational Corruption?’ (with Daniel Berliner) – PAP
‘Is Social Mobilisation Gendered? Evidence from Spillover Experiments across Three Democracies’ (with Eline de Rooij and Florian Foos)
‘The Null Effect of Social Media Ads on Voter Registration: Three Corroborating Trials’ (with Florian Foos, Peter John, Asli Unan) – Media
‘Does the timing for hiring matters for bureaucratic capacity? Evidence from Guatemala’