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Elena Fagotto

Director of Research, Transparency Policy Project


Elena Fagotto, Ph.D., is director of research for the Transparency Policy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School. She has been affiliated with the Project since its inception and her research focuses on information disclosure, regulatory policy and transnational regulatory regimes. Fagotto has analyzed dozens of U.S. and international transparency policies and published extensively on the role of information disclosure as a regulatory tool and on institutional designs to make transparency more effective. She has advised the Italian government on how to improve accountability in public education through transparency. She has authored and coauthored several book chapters and original articles and her research has appeared in, among others, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, the European Journal of Law and Economics, and Issues in Science and Technology. Fagotto is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and LUISS University in Rome, where she teaches about transparency and innovations in governance. She has a Ph.D. in Law and Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.