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The main focus of my dissertation is on the political consequences of labor markets and income insecurity in young democracies. Many developing countries have dual labor markets, with large informal sectors where workers are not covered by formal labor arrangements and have no access to social security institutions. I analyze the effect of economic informality on three key dimensions: social policy preferences, partisan attachments, and citizen-politician linkages.

My central argument is that economic informality reduces the demand for redistribution and weakens programmatic linkages between voters and political parties. The research builds on cross-national survey data for Latin America, an original survey conducted in Mexico, as well as in-depth interviews with informal workers.