My research interest are in development economics and rigorous evaluation based on econometric theory. 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 all sorts of topics in development, applied econometrics, and labor. Feel free to contact me!

Job Market Paper
Income, Psychological Well-being, and the Dynamics of Poverty: Evidence from South Africa (Latest draft available here JMP Updated April 18, 2018)
Previous versions were circulated under the title “Unpacking the Causal Relationships between Income and Psychological Well-being”

Peer-reviewed articles:

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

Economics 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:

Impact Evaluation of the South Africa Land Restitution Program
(with Michael Carter and Malcolm Keswell)

Impact Evaluation of a poverty graduation program in Lebanon
(Principal Investigator and consultant for the World Bank)