I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics
at UC San Diego and co-founder of GiveDirectly
. I'm also 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)
, an Affiliate at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA)
and a 2013 Foreign Policy leading 100 "Global Thinker."
- 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?
- Building State Capacity: Evidence from Biometric Smartcards in India (.bib). With Karthik Muralidharan and Sandip Sukhtankar. Forthcoming, American Economic Review.
Does investing in biometrically authenticated payments enhance state capacity and performance?
work in progress