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George Washington University
Welcome to my website. I am an Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University.
Development Economics, Urban Economics, Public Economics
"Commodity Price Shocks and Child Outcomes: The 1990 Cocoa Crisis in Cote d'Ivoire", with Denis Cogneau (PSE)
"The Value of Democracy: Evidence from Road Building in Kenya", with Robin Burgess (LSE), Edward Miguel (UC-Berkeley), Ameet Morjaria (Harvard) and Gerard Padro-i-Miguel (LSE), R&R at the American Economic Review
"Transportation Technology and Economic Change: Evidence from Colonial Railroads and City Growth in Africa", with Alexander Moradi (Sussex), R&R at the Review of Economics and Statistics
"History, Path Dependence and Development: Evidence from Colonial Railroads, Settlers and Cities in Kenya", with Edward Kerby (LSE) and Alexander Moradi (Sussex), R&R at the Economic Journal
"Urbanization with and without Industrialization", with Douglas Gollin (University of Oxford) and Dietrich Vollrath (University of Houston), submitted
"Rural Push, Urban Pull... and Urban Push? New Historical Evidence from 40 Developing Countries", with Luc Christiaensen (World Bank) and Marina Gindelsky (GWU), submitted
"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), submitted
RESEARCH IN PROGRESS
"The Speed of Urbanization, Malthusian Cities and Economic Growth", with Dietrich Vollrath (University of Houston)
"Natural Resource Exports and Urbanization in Africa", with Douglas Gollin (University of Oxford) and Dietrich Vollrath (University of Houston)
"Urbanization and Poverty Reduction", with Luc Christiaensen (World Bank), Peter Lanjouw (World Bank) and Harris Selod (World Bank)
"Trade, Structural Change and Urbanization in China", with Yishen Liu (GWU)
"Colonial Investments and Long-Term Development: Evidence from Ghana and Kenya", with Alexander Moradi (Sussex),
GWU SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES
I co-organize the GWU International Trade and Development Seminar. I also co-organized two academic conferences in the Spring.
Development seminars in the Spring 2014: Chris Blattman (Columbia), Shawn Cole (HBS), Molly Lipscomb (UVA), Hoyt Bleakley (Chicago and Princeton) and Sheetal Sekhri (UVA).
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).
Trade seminars in the Fall 2013: Caglar Ozden (World Bank), John Morrow (LSE), Marc Melitz (Harvard), Russel Hillberry (World Bank), Samuel Kortum (Yale), Jonathan Eaton (Brown), Christian Volpe (IDB), Felix Tintelnot (Chicago and Princeton)
World Bank-GWU Conference on Urbanization and Poverty Reduction 2014, on 12 November 2014 (World Bank Headquarters)
World Bank-GWU Conference on Urbanization and Poverty Reduction 2013, on 13-14 May 2013 (World Bank Headquarters)
Washington Area Development Economic Symposium 2014, on 26 April 2014 (University of Maryland, College Park)
Washington Area Development Economic Symposium 2013, on 20 April 2013 (City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs)