Research

Peer-Reviewed Publications

(1) “Good Intentions Gone Bad? The Dodd-Frank Act and Conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes Region,” Economic Development and Cultural Change, Available online, June 2021.
Pre-print PDF
– Replication files: Dataverse
– Blog coverage: World Bank Development Impact blog, IPA Weekly Links, This Week in Africa

(2) “The Analysis of Human Feelings: A Practical Suggestion for a Robustness Test,” (with Andrew Oswald); Review of Income and Wealth, Available online, July 2021.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14632

(3) “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten? Evidence from the Philippines,” (with Bruce Wydick); Economic Development and Cultural Change, Available online, June 2021.
Pre-print PDF
– Replication files: Dataverse

(4) “Does Psychological Well-Being Mediate Economic Well-Being? Short-Term Evidence from a Multifaceted Program in the Philippines,” (with Rashmita Gandhe); Journal of Development Effectiveness, volume 13, issue 3, pp. 292-308, September 2021

(5) “The Influence of Hidden Researcher Decisions in Applied Microeconomics,” (with Nick Huntington-Klein [project lead], Andreu Arenas, Emily Beam, Marco Bertoni, Pralhad Burli, Naibin Chen, Paul Greico, Godwin Ekpe, Todd Pugatch, Martin Saavedra, and Yaniv Stopnitzky); Economic Inquiry, volume 59, issue 3, pp. 944-960, June 2021.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 13233

(6) “The Coronavirus Pandemic and Food Security: Evidence from Mali,” (with Guigonan Serge Adjognon and Aly Sanoh); Food Policy, vol. 101, May 2021.
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 9474
USDA ERS Amber Waves 

(7) “Aspirations and Investments in Rural Myanmar,” Journal of Economic Inequality, Available online, July 2021.

(8) “How Much Does the Cardinal Treatment of Ordinal Variables Matter? An Empirical Investigation,” Political Analysis, Available online, February 2021.
– Replication files: Code Ocean and Dataverse

(9) “COVID-19 and Conflict,” (with Colette Salemi); World Development, vol. 140, April 2021.
– Blog coverage: Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog

(10) “Does Contract Farming Improve Welfare? A Review,” (with Marc F. Bellemare); World Development, vol. 112, pp. 259-271, December 2018.

(11) “Measuring Hope: A Quantitative Approach with Validation in Rural Myanmar,” (with Duncan Boughton, Kyan Htoo, Aung Hein, and Ellen Payongayong); Journal of Development Studies, vol. 54, issue 11, pp. 2078-2094, August 2018.

(12) “The Costs of Secondary Migration: Perspectives from Refugee Voluntary Agencies in the U.S.,” (with Scott Loveridge); Journal of International Migration and Integration, vol. 19, issue 2, pp. 233-251, May 2018.

(13) “Learning toward Transformation: Evaluating Material, Social, and Spiritual Impacts in Western Kenya,” Faith & Economics, Issue 69, pp. 25-61, Spring 2017.

Working Papers

(1) “Neighborhood Violence, Poverty, and Psychological Well-Being,” (with Mo Alloush); Revise & Resubmit at the Journal of Development Economics.

(2) “The Paper of How: Estimating Treatment Effects Using the Front-Door Criterion,” (with Marc F. Bellemare and Noah Wexler); Under Review.

Ongoing Projects

(1) “Producers, Consumers, and Value Chains in Low- and Middle-Income Countries,” (with Marc F. Bellemare and Sunghun Lim)

(2) “Digital Finance and Women’s Economic Empowerment: Experimental Evidence on the Role of Transaction Costs,” (with Khandker Wahedur Rahman)
In the field

(3) “Herder-Related Violence and Informal Work as a Safety Net,” (with David Francis, Harrison Mitchell, and Amy Damon)

(4) “The Coronavirus Pandemic and Global Food Security: A Review,” (with Jarrad Farris)

(5) “The Psychological Toll of Food Insecurity,” (with Mo Alloush)

(6) “Private Sector Led Agricultural Technology Adoption: Experimental Evidence from Nigeria,” (with Guigonan Serge Adjognon, Lenis Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, and Andrew Dillon)

Policy Briefs & Lightly Peer-Reviewed Publications

(1) “Mali’s Rural-Urban Gap in Food Security Vanished Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic,” Amber Waves, US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, 2021.

(2) “The Secondary Migration of Refugees Resettled in the US,” (with Scott Loveridge); Forced Migration ReviewIssue 54; 2017.

(3) “Refugees in Rural Communities: A Win-Win?,” National Agriculture & Rural Development Policy Center; 2014.