Research

Working Papers

Market Structure and Extortion: Evidence from 50,000 Extortion Payments
with Zach Y. Brown, Carlos Schmidt-Padilla, and Maria Micaela Sviatschi
Revision Requested, Review of Economic Studies
Media: ProMarket, The Guardian, El Diario de Hoy


On the Origins and Consequences of Communal Land Rights

with Etienne LeRossignol and Sara Lowes

Journal Articles

Religious Festivals and Economic Development: Evidence from the Timing of Mexican Saint Day Festivals
with Dean Yang
American Economic Review. 2022; 112(10): 3176–3214
Media: NBER Digest, Margin Revolution

The Effects of Fair Trade Certification: Evidence from Coffee Producers in Costa Rica
with Raluca Dragusanu and Nathan Nunn
Journal of the European Economic Association. 2022; 20(4): 1743-1790

Cooperative Property Rights and Development: Evidence from Land Reform in El Salvador
Journal of Political Economy. 2022; 130(1): 48-93
Media: World Bank, VoxDev

Concessions, Violence, and Indirect Rule: Evidence from the Congo Free State
with Sara Lowes
Quarterly Journal of Economics. 2021; 136(4): 2047-2091
Media: VoxDev


The Legacy of Colonial Medicine in Central Africa
with Sara Lowes
American Economic Review. 2021; 111(4): 1284-1314.
Media: AEA Research Brief, VoxEU, VoxDev, AEHN

Work in Progress


Bokoko: Supernatural Authority and Political Power in the DRC
with Sara Lowes, Nathan Nunn, and James A. Robinson

Disease, Disparities, and Development: Evidence from Chagas Disease in Brazil
with Jon Denton-Schneider

African Origins of Development in the Colombian Pacific
with Juan Sebastián Galán

Age Organization and Accountability: Evidence from the DRC
with Sara Lowes, Nathan Nunn, and James A. Robinson

Book Chapters and Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

Traditional Medicine in Central Africa
with Sara Lowes
AEA Papers and Proceedings, 2019, 109: 516–520.

King Leopold’s Ghost: The Legacy of Labor Coercion in the DRC
with Sara Lowes
The Long Economic Shadow of History
Edited by Stelios Michalopoulos and Elias Papaioannou. Vol. II.
CEPR/VOXEU. 2017. Publisher's Version