I am a Researcher in the Oakland office of Mathematica Policy Research. Please visit the site of the Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation (CIPRE) for my work with Mathematica Policy Research.
This website contains the research that I started before joining Mathematica Policy Research. I am currently a visiting professor in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at the University of California at Berkeley. Formerly, I was an Assistant Professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa and an Associate Member of the Centre for the Study of African Economies and of Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. I pursued graduate studies in Economics at the University of Mannheim, the University of California at Berkeley and Yale University, and received my Ph.D. degree from Yale University.
My research interests cover topics in the economics of education and in the micro-economics of development. My recent research is focused on empowerment impacts of education, the impacts of using information technology for education in the US and in developing countries, the impact of orphan-hood and HIV/AIDS on educational outcomes of orphans, the impacts of conflict on firms, the impact of mobile phones on agricultural prices, migration and rural labor markets, as well as the investment choices of households and individuals with respect to education.
My research has been published in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, the Journal of Development Economics as well as in academic working papers and policy research papers.
NEWS: My paper with Jenny Aker on "Can Mobile Phones Improve Agricultural Outcomes? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Niger" has been published online in Food Policy and now available for free download (until May 2016).