My #NEUDC2018 Recap

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the North East Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC) conference. I presented my paper on the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries (working paper available hereĀ andĀ presentation slides here). It was an excellent conference and a wonderful experience (not least…

Podcasting with the Accord Research Alliance

I while back I posted about a neat new podcast run by some of the individuals who make up the Accord Research Alliance. The Accord Research Alliance is a group of people who are interested in implementing monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning initiatives in their work with faith-based international development. One of their members, Nathan…

Are economics papers too long?

I am going to try to keep this short. A recent Wall Street Journal article addresses the observation that academic papers in economics have increased in length over the years. Below is a graph that clearly shows this trend. In 1970 the average length of economics papers in “top journals” was about 16 pages. In…

Refugees and Crime: What is the Evidence?

It is hardly a surprise to anyone that the idea of some sort of a link between refugee resettlement and crime is pervasive. It was a central topic of debate in the 2016 US election. Due to the center stage of this topic, within the first week of President Trump’s term, the US refugee resettlement…

“What do you do?” “I’m a development economist”

There is a small Twitter fad going around recently, it goes something like this: “What do you do?” “I’m an economist.” “Oh, cool! I’ve been thinking about making some investments, any advise?” “I’m not that kind of economist. I’m a development economist who studies poverty alleviation in Africa.” “Ah, okay. I’ve never been to that…