Research

My research interest are in applied microeconomics economics and rigorous evaluation based on econometric theory. My current research studies the bi-directional relationship between poverty and mental health. In addition, I am interested in the dynamics of poverty and the interaction of psychology, decision-making, and poverty traps.

I am interested in collaboration on different topics related to poverty; health and well-being; crime and violence; behavioral and experimental economics; applied econometrics; urban and labor economics. Feel free to contact me!

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Working Papers

  • Income, Psychological Well-being, and the Dynamics of Poverty
    • Under Review. Latest draft available here – Updated June 2021
  • Neighborhood Violence, Poverty, and Psychological Well-being (with Jeffrey Bloem)
    • Resubmitted at Journal of Development Economics. Draft available here (updated June 2021)
  • Personality Traits and Economic Shocks among the Ultra-poor (with Sikhar Mehra and Yaniv Stopnitzky)
    • Under Review. Draft available upon request.
  • The Psychological Tolls of Food Insecurity (with Jeffrey Bloem)
  • Measuring Resilience: The Role of Psychological Well-being (with Michael Carter)
  • Predictors of Animosity Towards Refugees: Evidence from Lebanon’s Poor (With Jennifer Fleming, Rene Solano, Jumana ElAref, & Haneen El-Sayed)
  • Psychological Resilience and Poverty Dynamics

Peer-reviewed articles:

Income Improves Subjective Well-Being: Evidence from South Africa. Forthcoming in Economic Development and Cultural Change
(with Steve Wu)
Final draft available here.

Economic Life in Refugee Camps (2017). World Development (95) 334-347
(with J. Ed Taylor, Anubhab Gupta, Irvin Rojas, & Ernesto Gonzalez)
access here

Economic Impact of Refugees (2016). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113(27) 7449–7453
(with J. Ed Taylor, Mateusz Filipski, Anubhab Gupta, Irvin Rojas, & Ernesto Gonzalez)
open access here

Informality and Exclusion: Evidence from Matched Employer-Employee data for Lebanon and Syria (2013). IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2(18)
(with Roberta Gatti, Joana Silva, & Carole Chartouni)
open access here

Ongoing projects:

Poverty and Corporal Punishment
(with Susan Godlonton and Emily Conover)

Empirical Tests for Poverty Traps: What works?
(with Michael Carter)

Does Geographical Location Predict Happiness?