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 beneficiaries affect their access to a public service? Evidence from a field experiment in Bangladesh
with Malgosia Madajewicz and Ahasan Habib
Previously circulated as: Community participation in decision-making: Evidence from an experiment in safe drinking water provision in Bangladesh

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

Community contributions, participatory decision-making and local public goods: A field experiment in Bangladesh
In field, funded by the Swedish Research Council 

Group size and collective action 
With Serena Cocciolo and Ahasan Habib
In field, funded by the IGC 

Access to safe drinking water: Experimental evidence from new water sources in Bangladesh
With Serena CoccioloSelene GhisolfiAhasan Habib
In field, funded by 3ie

Participation and Sustainability
With Serena Cocciolo and Ahasan Habib
Data collection ongoing

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 CoccioloSelene GhisolfiAhasan Habib
In field, funded by JPAL

Bridges and Patents: Transport Infrastructure and Information Flows

Does participation in project decision-making affect how intended beneficiaries report project outcomes?