Stuti Khemani is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Her area of research is the political economy of public policy choices, and institutional reforms for development. She has studied the impact of electoral politics on fiscal policy and intergovernmental fiscal relations; drawn policy implications for the design of institutions to promote fiscal responsibility; and analyzed political constraints to efficient allocation of public resources for health and education services. She is currently examining the role of mass media and local elections in overcoming political obstacles to development policies. Her research and advisory work spans a diverse range of countries, including Benin, Bolivia, China, India, the Philippines, and Nigeria. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.