Research

Publications

  • "Violence and Financial Decisions: Evidence from Mobile Money in Afghanistan" (with Joshua Blumenstock, Michael Callen, and Tarek Ghani) [PDF] (Forthcoming, Review of Economics and Statistics)

  • "Are socio-demographic and economic characteristics good predictors of misinformation during an epidemic?” (with Elisa Maffioli) PLOS Global Public Health (2022) 3(2) [PDF] Coverage: Forbes, Psychology Today

  • "Can Community Crime Monitoring Reduce Student Absenteeism?" (with Sarah Komisarow) [PDF] (forthcoming at Education Finance and Policy)

  • "Cell Phone Access and Election Fraud: Evidence from a Spatial Regression Discontinuity Design in Afghanistan" American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (2021) 13 (2): 1-51. [PDF] [Online Appendix] [Additional data] Coverage: AEA Highlights, World Bank Blogs

  • "Community Monitoring and Crime: Evidence from Chicago's Safe Passage Program" (with Sarah Komisarow) Journal of Public Economics (2020) 191 [PDF] [Online Appendix]

  • "Loss in the Time of Cholera: Long-run Impact of a Disease Epidemic on the Urban Landscape" (with Attila Ambrus and Erica Field) American Economic Review (2020) 110 (2): 475-525 [PDF] [Online Appendix] Coverage: AEA Highlights, Marginal Revolution, Le Monde, Econimate video

  • "Infant Mortality Rate as a Measure of a Country's Health: A Robust Method to Improve Reliability and Comparability" (with Donna Gilleskie) Demography (2017) 54:2 p.701-720 [PDF] [Online Appendix]

Working Papers

  • "When Does Crime Respond to Punishment?: Evidence from Drug-Free School Zones" (with Ranae Jabri and Sarah Komisarow) [PDF]

  • "Is the Phone Mightier than the Virus? Cell Phone Access and Epidemic Containment Efforts" (with Elisa Maffioli) [PDF]

  • "Monitoring Corruption: Can Top-down Monitoring Crowd Out Grassroots Participation?" (with Matthew Harvey and Foteini Tzachrista) [PDF] [Online Appendix] (Under review)

Works in Progress

  • "Cell Phone Access and Insurgent Violence: Evidence from a Radio Propagation Model in Afghanistan" (Draft coming soon)

  • "Epidemic Shocks and Spatial Mobility: Evidence from the 2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak" (with Elisa Maffioli) (Data collected)

  • "Mapping the Unmapped: The Impact of Digital Mapping on the Economic Development of Informal Settlements" (with Erica Field and Kate Vyborny)

  • "Exposure to Violence and Spatial Mobility: Evidence from the Favela" (Pilot stage)

  • "The Role of Risk Preferences on the Relative Effectiveness of Penalties and Monitoring as Corruption-Deterring Tools" (with Foteini Tzachrista) (Pilot stage)

Other Publications (pre-Doctoral)

  • "Infant mortality in Cuba: Myth and Reality." Cuban Studies (2015): 19-39. University of Pittsburgh Press.