Paul Niehaus is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics
at UC San Diego as well as a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research
, a Junior Affiliate at the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD)
, an Affiliate of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
, and an Affiliate at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA)
. His research deals with program implementation in developing countries and with learning. He is also co-founder and president of the nonprofit GiveDirectly
. In 2013 Foreign Policy named him one of its leading 100 "Global Thinkers."
- Filtered Social Learning (.bib). Journal of Political Economy 119 (4), 2011, pp. 686-720.
Do decentralized exchanges of knowledge lead to efficient aggregate learning?
- Political Aid Cycles (.bib). American Economic Review 102 (7), 2012, pp. 3516-30.
Do donors use foreign aid (ODA) to influence elections in developing countries?
- Targeting with Agents (.bib). American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 5 (1), 2013, pp. 206-238. With Antonia Attanassova,
Mariane Bertrand and
How should a social planner design targeting rules when he knows the implementing agents are corrupt?
- Corruption Dynamics: the Golden Goose Effect (.bib). American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 5 (4), 2013, pp. 230-69. With Sandip Sukhtankar.
Do corrupt agents respond to dynamic incentives as predicted by the Becker-Stigler theory? Winner, Best Paper Prize (2014), AEJ: Economic Policy
- The Marginal Rate of Corruption in Public Programs (.bib). Journal of Public Economics 104, 2013, pp. 52-64. With Sandip Sukhtankar.
How should policy-makers determine the optimal size of "leaky" public programs?
work in progress
- Social Learning and Consumer Demand. With Markus Mobius and Tanya Rosenblat
How do peers in a social network affect demand for new products?
- Biometric Authentication and Public Sector Performance. With Karthik Muralidharan and Sandip Sukhtankar
How does biometric authentication technology affect welfare program performance?
- Policy Evaluation by Revealed Preference. With Karthik Muralidharan and Sandip Sukhtankar
What mode of public service delivery do beneficiaries prefer?
- Interpersonal Influence. With Lucas Coffman.
How do people use communication to influence choices?