Anh Tran

Associate Professor

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  • Ph.D. in Public Policy, Harvard University, 2009
  • Master in Advanced Economics, University of New South Wales, 1999
  • A.B. (with honors) in International Relations, Russian Economic Academy, 1994


  • Approaches to Development
  • Development Economics
  • International Economic Strategy and Trade Policy
  • Public Management Economics


Anh Tran is an associate professor at SPEA, specializing in the governance issues of developing countries. Tran's current research focuses on transparency, tax evasion, corruption, political networks, and their economic and social outcomes. His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Public Economics, American Economic Journal: Applied Policy and other leading academic journals.

For the past five years, Tran has served as director of the Vietnam Initiatives at IU, a global think tank on development policies for Vietnam. He is also co-founder and director of the Vietnam Young Leaders Award, a scholarship program that brings exceptional government officials from Vietnam to the United States for postgraduate degrees.

Tran frequently works as consultant for reform initiatives by national governments, the United Nations and the World Bank, and has lived and worked in Russia, France, and Australia. He has participated in UNDP Academic Fellowship, Asia Foundation's Emerging Leaders Program, and the Vietnamese Prime Minister's Research Council. Tran is co-founder of the International Society of Vietnamese Economists.


  • 2014 Outstanding Junior Faculty at Indiana University
  • Director, Vietnam Initiative, Indiana University
  • 2014 Best Paper in Comparative Policy Award, Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)
  • Consultant, World Bank Institute and United Nations Development Programme
  • 2007-2008 Dean's Award for Excellence in Student Teaching, J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

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