Catherine S. M. Duggan

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Catherine Duggan is Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where she teaches the Business, Government, and the International Economy (BGIE) course in the required curriculum.  Her research examines institutional development, financial-sector regulation, and economic growth in emerging markets, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Duggan is the author of several Harvard Business School cases, including Nigeria: Opportunity in Crisis?, Uganda: The Constitution of Development, and Negotiating Trust: Borrowers, Lenders, and the Politics of Household Debt. Her current book project, The Institutional Foundations of Lending: Indirect Regulation and State-Building (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press), examines the evolution of credit markets, contract enforcement, and financial regulation from the middle ages into modern developing countries. A related project extends these insights to the regulation of modern microfinance, drawing on nearly two years of fieldwork in Uganda.

Professor Duggan received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University, where she was the G.J. Lieberman Fellow for the Social Sciences.  Prior to attending Stanford, she was an industry analyst for the telecommunications group at the law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown LLP), and received a B.A. with highest honors in Political Science from Brown University.

Books

  1. The Institutional Foundations of Lending: Indirect Regulation and State-Building

    Citation:

    Duggan, Catherine S. M. The Institutional Foundations of Lending: Indirect Regulation and State-Building. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

Working Papers

  1. Doing Bad by Doing Good? Theft and Abuse by Lenders in Inadequately Regulated Microfinance Markets

    Citation:

    Duggan, Catherine S. M. "Doing Bad by Doing Good? Theft and Abuse by Lenders in Inadequately Regulated Microfinance Markets." Working Paper.
  2. Institutional Access and Failure: Colonial Legal Systems and Persistent Institutional Inadequacy in Tropical Africa

    Citation:

    Duggan, Catherine S. M. "Institutional Access and Failure: Colonial Legal Systems and Persistent Institutional Inadequacy in Tropical Africa." Working Paper.

Cases and Teaching Materials

  1. Nigeria: Opportunity in Crisis?

    Keywords: Opportunities; Nigeria;

    Citation:

    Duggan, Catherine S. M. "Nigeria: Opportunity in Crisis?" Harvard Business School Case 709-048, February 2009. (Revised August 2009.)
  2. Nigeria: Opportunity in Crisis? (TN)

    Citation:

    Duggan, Catherine S. M. "Nigeria: Opportunity in Crisis? (TN)." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 713-064, February 2013.
  3. Introduction to Business, Government, and the International Economy (BGIE)

    Keywords: Business and Government Relations; International Relations; Trade;

    Citation:

    Duggan, Catherine S. M., Aldo Musacchio, and Matthew C. Weinzierl. "Introduction to Business, Government, and the International Economy (BGIE)." Harvard Business School Course Overview Note 710-045, January 2010. (Revised January 2013.)
  4. Negotiating Trust: Borrowers, Lenders, and the Politics of Household Debt

    Keywords: Borrowing and Debt; Personal Finance; Negotiation; Trust;

    Citation:

    Duggan, Catherine S. M., and Alexander F. Roehrkasse. "Negotiating Trust: Borrowers, Lenders, and the Politics of Household Debt." Harvard Business School Case 710-048, February 2010. (Revised March 2013.)
  5. Negotiating Trust: Borrowers, Lenders, and the Politics of Household Debt (TN)

    Citation:

    Duggan, Catherine S. M. "Negotiating Trust: Borrowers, Lenders, and the Politics of Household Debt (TN)." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 713-065, February 2013.
  6. Uganda: The Constitution of Development

    Keywords: Developing Countries and Economies; Public Administration Industry; Uganda;

    Citation:

    Duggan, Catherine S. M., and Alexander Roehrkasse. "Uganda: The Constitution of Development." Harvard Business School Case 711-052, March 2011.
  7. Uganda: The Constitution of Development (TN)

    Citation:

    Duggan, Catherine S. M. "Uganda: The Constitution of Development (TN)." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 713-066, February 2013. (Revised March 2013.)
  8. Doing Business in South Africa

    Keywords: South Africa;

    Citation:

    Abdelal, Rawi, Catherine S. M. Duggan, and Ian McKown Cornell. "Doing Business in South Africa." Harvard Business School Case 713-024, September 2012. (Revised September 2013.)