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George Washington University
Urban Encroachment in Asia
Makoko Slum in Lagos
Neza Chalco Itza Slum in Mexico City
Smog over Beijing
Giant Landfill in Jakarta
Kibera Slum in Nairobi
Overcrowded Rail Station in Mumbai
Skyline in Sao Paulo
Skyline in Shanghai
Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong
Bogota from Above
New York in the 1920s
Map of Paris circa 1422
Welcome to my website.I have been an Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington D.C. since 2012, the year I finished my PhD.
Primary Fields: Urban Economics, Development and Growth, Economic History, Trade
WHAT’S NEW? The 3rd World Bank-GWU Research Conference on Urbanization and Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries will be held on 1 February 2016.
The 2nd conference was held on 12 November 2014- Click here for the program
"The Value of Democracy: Evidence from Road Building in Kenya", with Robin Burgess (LSE), Edward Miguel (UC-Berkeley), Ameet Morjaria (Northwestern) and Gerard Padro-i-Miguel (LSE), American Economic Review 2015. Vol. 105 (6): 1817-51.
"The Permanent Effects of Transportation Revolutions in Poor Countries: Evidence from Africa", with Alexander Moradi (Sussex), Forthcoming in the Review of Economics and Statistics.
"Urbanization with and without Industrialization", with Douglas Gollin (University of Oxford) and Dietrich Vollrath (University of Houston), forthcoming in the Journal of Economic Growth.
"History, Path Dependence and Development: Evidence from Colonial Railroads, Settlers and Cities in Kenya", with Edward Kerby (LSE) and Alexander Moradi (Sussex), forthcoming in The Economic Journal.
"Demography, Urbanization and Development: Rural Push, Urban Pull... and Urban Push?", with Luc Christiaensen (World Bank) and Marina Gindelsky (GWU), forthcoming in the Journal of Urban Economics.
"Urbanization without Growth in Historical Perspective", with Dietrich Vollrath (University of Houston), forthcoming in Explorations in Economic History.
"Commodity Price Shocks and Child Outcomes: The 1990 Cocoa Crisis in Cote d'Ivoire", with Denis Cogneau (PSE). Economic Development and Cultural Change. 2012. Vol. 60 (3): 507-534.
"The Urban Mortality Transition, Urban Malthusian Dynamics and the Rise of Poor Megacities", with Dietrich Vollrath (University of Houston), new version coming soon
"The Heterogeneous Effects of Transportation Investments: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa", with Adam Storeygard (Tufts), new version coming soon
"Bones, Bacteria and Breaks: The Effects of the Black Death on Urban Economic Development", with Mark Koyama (George Mason) and Noel Johnson (George Mason), new version coming soon
"Urbanization without Industrialization: Evidence from Consumption Cities in Africa", new version coming soon
"Is Structural Change Different in Sub-Saharan Africa? New Historical Evidence from Ghana", with Robert Darko Osei (ISSER), edited by Margaret McMillan, Laura Wallace and Dani Rodrik in Structural Transformation in Developing countries. Washington D.C.: The World Bank.
RESEARCH IN PROGRESS
"Measuring Growth from the Ground", with Adam Storeygard (Tufts and LSE),
"Ethnic Favoritism and the Misallocation of Roads in Africa", with Robin Burgess (LSE), Edward Miguel (UC-Berkeley), Ameet Morjaria (Northwestern) and Gerard Padro-i-Miguel (LSE)
"Trade, Population and the Rise of the Unskilled City", with Dietrich Vollrath (Houston)
"Cities of Workers and Cities of Babies", with Dietrich Vollrath (Houston) and Daniel Pereira (GWU)
"Sex and the City: On the Evolution of Urban Sex Ratios and Economic Development", with Dietrich Vollrath (Houston) and Daniel Pereira (GWU)
"Human Capital Externalities and City Growth: Evidence from Missions in Africa", with Felix Meier zu Selhausen (Sussex and Utrecht) and Alexander Moradi (Sussex),
GWU AND NON-GWU SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES
- I co-organize the GWU International Trade and Development Seminar.
Development seminars in the Fall 2015: Marco Gonzalez-Navarro (Toronto), Filipe Campante (HKS), Claudio Ferraz (PUC-Rio), Craig McIntosh (UCSD), David Atkin (MIT), Lisa Cameron (Monash). Click Here.
Development seminars in the Spring 2015: Dilip Mookherjee (Boston University), Hanan Jacoby (World Bank), Markus Goldstein (The World Bank), Xavier Gine (The World Bank), Esteban Rossi-Hansberg (Princeton) and Martina Björkman Nyqvist (Stockholm). Click Here.
Development seminars in the Fall 2014: Chris Udry (Yale), David McKenzie (World Bank), Prashant Bharadwaj (UCSD), Quamrul Ashraf (Williams) and Monica Singhal (HKS). Click Here.
Development seminars in the Spring 2014: Chris Blattman (Columbia), Shawn Cole (HBS), Molly Lipscomb (UVA), Hoyt Bleakley (Chicago and Princeton) and Sheetal Sekhri (UVA). Click Here.
Development seminars in the Fall 2013: Juan Vargas (Rosario), Michael Kremer (Harvard), James Robinson (Harvard), Jenny Aker (Tufts), David Weil (Brown) and Adam Storeygard (Tufts). Click Here.
World Bank-GWU Research Conference on Urbanization and Poverty Reduction, 2013-2016:
The 3rd conference will be held on 1 February 2016 (World Bank Headquarters).
Washington Area Development Economic Symposium, 2013-2016:
GMU-GWU Economic History Workshop, 2014-2016:
Research Conference on the Economics and Political Economy of Africa, Spring 2016:
Fall 2015, Details coming soon
World Economic History Congress in Kyoto, Japan (3-7 August 2015):