Research

My research focuses on public goods, their impact on human development, and how political processes influence their provision. I have a particular interest in infrastructure.

Working Papers

How does delegating decisions to communities who use a public service affect access to the service? Evidence from a field experiment in Bangladesh Version presented at SIOE (June, 2017) with Malgosia Madajewicz and Ahasan Habib

The Lazarus Drug: The impact of antiretroviral therapy on economic growth

Group Size and Collective Action: Evidence from Bangladesh with Serena Cocciolo and Ahasan Habib

Bridges: Transport Infrastructure and Economic Geography on the Mississippi and Ohio 1880-2000

The long-run economic impacts of transport infrastructure: Urbanization, sorting and spatial equilibrium

Works in Progress

60 years of global environmental change 1939-1999: digitization of 1.6 million historical aerial photographs with Solomon Hsiang and Andreas Madestam, in partnership with the Bodleian Library, Oxford University and the National Centre for Aerial Photography, Edinburgh. In progress, funded by the Riksbanken Jubileumsfond, Handelsbanken förskningstiftelse and National Geographic

Community contributions, participatory decision-making and local public goods: A field experiment in Bangladesh with Serena Cocciolo, Selene Ghisolfi, and Ahasan Habib. Data collection complete and draft coming soon. Funded by the Swedish Research Council

Access to safe drinking water: Experimental evidence from new water sources in Bangladesh with Serena Cocciolo, Selene Ghisolfi, and Ahasan Habib. Data collection complete. Baseline report Final report

Participation and Sustainability with Prosun Bhattacharya, Serena Cocciolo and Ahasan Habib. Data collection ongoing, funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas Future Research Leaders.

Understanding Institutional Persistence: Exposure to Community-Driven Development and the Value of Autonomy and Democracy with Serena Cocciolo and Ahasan Habib. In field, funded by JPAL

Information, Participation and Deliberation: Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh with Serena Cocciolo, Selene Ghisolfi, and Ahasan Habib. In field, funded by JPAL

Bridges and Patents: Transport Infrastructure and Information Flows with Juanita González-Uribe

Does participation in project decision-making affect how intended beneficiaries report project outcomes? NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant 2012

Publication (Policy)

Reconciling participation with external expertise: An ‘engineer–client’ framework for participation in community-scale infrastructure projects with Mulligan, J. and Guthrie, P. (2011) Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering Sustainability 164 (1) Winner of the Institution of Civil Engineers Trevithick Prize 2012