Neelanjan Datta is a PhD student in the Department of Economics at Cornell. His research is in Public Finance and Political Economy. Specifically, he uses theoretical and empirical tools to address questions in fiscal policy design, with a particular focus on policies that affect fiscal health of subnational governments (state and local). Theoretically, his work incorporates political distortions in both micro and macroeconomic frameworks. Empirically, his work aims to evaluate fiscal outcomes in developing countries.