Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Vincent Pons received his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2014 and is an assistant professor in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit. Professor Pons studies questions in political economy and development. The first strand of his research investigates improvements to health systems and policies in developing countries and their effects on people's well-being. The second strand examines which factors, including costs, information, and attitudes, explain people's failure to register and vote, and how institutions and political campaigns affect these factors.
Porte à Porte
From January to May 2012, campaign activists supporting François Hollande knocked at five millions doors, making this door-to-door effort the largest in Europe to date. This project was formed by Guillaume Liégey, Arthur Muller, and Vincent Pons, who had met at the universities of Harvard and MIT and had observed the tools and campaign techniques used by the 2008 Obama campaign. The 2012 Hollande campaign that they piloted showed that the American method is effective, and it brings an enlightening perspective on the dysfunction of our democracy. How can rising abstention be curbed? Why do ethnic minorities vote less than other citizens? How important are obstacles to registration? This book combines political science and field experience to address these questions and to offer a glimpse of modern, state-of-the-art political mobilization.