LUKE SHIMEK is a fourth-year PhD Candidate in the Joint Public Policy program at Indiana University's School of Public & Environmental Affairs and Department of Political Science. He received his BS in Mathematics, Economics, and International Relations from Wheaton College (IL), and his MA in Economics from Indiana University Bloomington. He has also worked as a Research Associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. His field of interest is institutions and governance with a particular emphasis on understanding the origins of bureaucracies and how they affects broader development and governance indicators, both through empirical study and the use of game theory.