Kapu Rao holds an M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University. He did his B.A. in Economics at New York University. Prior to obtaining his M.A., he worked as a modeling analyst for Nielsen. He is especially interested in experimental methodology, democracies and non-democracies, conflict studies, and developmental economics. Kapu works on Basic Income Initiatives at JFI.

May 3, 2019


How Do States Pay for Wars?

An interview with Rosella Cappella Zielinski

Academic study of war in the social sciences is as old as historiography itself, and political economists have considered the economic logic of war and peace for centuries. Yet social scientists have left several questions on the financing of conflict…

November 9, 2018


Banking with Imprecision

How medieval financiers lent in the age of uncertainty

‚ÄčIn 1596, Spanish troops under the leadership of the Duke of Medina-Sidonia set fire to their own ships in the waters near Cadiz. The sinking of these thirty-two vessels was a tactical necessity: a joint Anglo-Dutch navy had annihilated the…