Research

Publications

The Welfare Cost of Lawlessness: Evidence from Somali Piracy, joint with Tim Besley and Hannes-Felix Mueller. Journal of the European Economics Association, Volume 13, Issue 2, pages 203 – 239, April 2015.
Broader coverage: Washington Post, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, VoxEU, IGC

Group Lending Without Joint Liability, joint with Jon de Quidt and Maitreesh Ghatak. In Journal of Development Economics, pages 217-236, May 2016.

Take what you can: property rights, contestability and conflict, joint with Samuel Marden, Economic Journal, Volume 127, Issue 601, 757–783, May 2017.

On the Comparative Advantage of U.S. Manufacturing: Evidence from the Shale Gas Revolution, joint with Rabah Arezki and Frank Pisch, Journal of International Economics, Volume 107, 34–59, July 2017.

Who Voted for Brexit? A Comprehensive District-Level Analysis, joint with Sascha Becker and Dennis NovyEconomic Policy, 32(92), 601–650, October 2017.
Broader coverage:  The Guardian, Politics LiveEl DiarioIndy 100VoxEU

Market Structure and Borrower Welfare in Microfinance, joint with Jon de Quidt and Maitreesh Ghatak, forthcoming, Economic Journal.

More than an Urban Legend: The long-term socio-economic Effects of Unplanned Fertility Shocks, joint with Amar Shanghavi and Oliver Pardo, forthcoming, Journal of Population Economics. An earlier version of the paper had the title “An Urban Legend?! Power Rationing, Fertility and its Effects on Mothers”, and circulates as CEP Working Paper 1247, 2013.
Broader coverage: Centre Piece

Commercialization and the Decline of Joint Liability Microcredit 2016, joint with Jon de Quidt and Maitreesh Ghatak, forthcoming, Journal of Development Economics.

Working Papers

Social Insurance and Conflict: Evidence from India, EOPP Working Paper Number 53, 2014. An earlier version entitled “Can Workfare Programs Moderate Violence? Evidence from India” was circulated as Working Paper in October 2013 and as EOPP Working Paper Number 53, 2014.
Broader coverage:  The World Bank, Feature StoryInternational Growth CentreIdeas for IndiaIndia at LSE

Fracking Growth, CEP Working Paper 1278, 2014.
Broader Coverage: RES, Britain in 2015,  LSE United States Politics Blog

Has Eastern European Migration Impacted British Workers?, joint with Sascha O Becker, CAGE Working Paper, 2018.

Did Austerity Cause Brexit?, CAGE Working Paper, 2018.
Broader coverage: Bloomberg

Cohesive Institutions and Political Violence, joint with Stephan Kyburz, CAGE Working Paper, 2018.

Security Transitions, joint with Oliver Vanden Eynde and Austin L Wright, CAGE Working Paper, 2018.

 

Retired PAPERS

Did Eastern European immigration cause an increase in anti-European sentiment in the UK?, joint with Sascha O Becker.

Why an EU Referendum? Why in 2016?, joint with Sascha O Becker.