Welcome. I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. I completed my Ph.D. in Economics at Oxford University, where I studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and was affiliated with the Centre for the Study of African Economies.
I work on the political economy of development. My research asks whether, in conflict-affected contexts where state capacity is low, changes in incentives and institutions at the micro-level can (i) deliver direct material benefits to individuals and (ii) increase individuals’ ability to hold state and non-state actors accountable. I approach these questions through a range of methods that enable causal inference, including natural experiments, randomized controlled trials, lab experiments in the field, and formal modeling. I have several ongoing field projects in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Pakistan that study legal dispute resolution, post-conflict reconciliation, police corruption, non-financial incentive mechanisms in the public health sector, legal institutions and state accountability, and monitoring of mining and agricultural land concessions.
My research has been funded by USAID, DFID, the World Bank, the International Growth Centre, the Open Society Foundation, the UN Peace Building Fund, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), JPAL’s Governance Initiative, and several others. For more, take a look at my research projects here, and my academic writing here.
Prior to Stanford, I was based at the Institute for International Economic Studies in Stockholm as a Marie Curie Fellow, and at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC, where I worked on aid effectiveness and governance of health and education.