David Lagakos


Welcome to my webpage. I'm an associate professor of economics at the University of California San Diego, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, lead academic for the International Growth Centre's Ghana program, an editor of the Review of Economic Dynamics and a co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics.


Home production during COVID-19


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Last update: May 2020


Research

Working Papers


"How Should Policy Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic Differ in the Developing World?" with Titan Alon, Minki Kim and Mitch VanVuren

[paper]


"Electricity and Firm Productivity: A General-Equilibrium Approach," with Stephie Fried

[paper] [slides]


"Labor Market Conflict and the Decline of the Rust Belt," with Simeon Alder and Lee Ohanian

[paper]


"The Welfare Effects of Encouraging Rural-Urban Migration," with Mushfiq Mobarak and Michael Waugh

Revised and resubmitted to Econometrica

[paper]


"Do Urban Wage Premia Reflect Lower Amenities? Evidence from Africa," with Martina Kirchberger and Doug Gollin

Revision requested by the Journal of Urban Economics

[paper] [slides] [voxdev article]


"Why are Average Hours Worked Lower in Richer Countries?" with Alex Bick, Nichola Fuchs-Schuendeln and Hitoshi Tsujiyama

[paper] [slides]


"Unemployment and Development," with Ying Feng and Jim Rauch

[paper] [slides] [voxdev article]


"Rural Electrification, Migration and Structural Transformation: Evidence from Ethiopia," with Stephie Fried

[paper] [slides]



Academic Publications


"Migration Costs and Observational Returns to Migration in the Developing World," with Sam Marshall, Mushfiq Mobarak, Michael Waugh and Corey Vernot

Journal of Monetary Economics, Forthcoming

[paper]


"Life-Cycle Human Capital Accumulation Across Countries: Lessons from U.S. Immigrants," with Benjamin Moll, Tommaso Porzio, Nancy Qian and Todd Schoellman

Journal of Human Capital, 2018, special issue honoring Gary Becker

[paper] [slides]


"Life-Cycle Wage Growth Across Countries," with Benjamin Moll, Tommaso Porzio, Nancy Qian and Todd Schoellman,

Journal of Political Economy, 2018

[paper] [slides]


"How do Hours Worked Vary With Income? Cross-Country Evidence and Implications," with Alexander Bick and Nicola Fuchs-Schuendeln

American Economic Review, 2018

[paper] [slides] [appendix] [data] [voxeu article]


"Explaining Cross-Country Productivity Differences in Retail Trade"

Journal of Political Economy, 2016

[paper] [slides] [working paper]


"Agricultural Productivity Differences Across Countries," with Doug Gollin and Michael Waugh

American Economic Review P&P, 2014

[paper] [slides]


"The Agricultural Productivity Gap," with Doug Gollin and Michael Waugh

Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2014

[paper] [slides] [appendix] [data]


"Selection, Agriculture and Cross-Country Productivity Differences," with Michael Waugh

American Economic Review, 2013

[paper] [slides]


"Which Workers Get Insurance Within the Firm?" with Guillermo Ordoñez

Journal of Monetary Economics, 2011

[paper] [appendix]


"Inflation Inequality in the United States," with Bart Hobijn

Review of Income and Wealth, 2005

[paper] [The Economist article]

"Social Security and the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly"

with Bart Hobijn

Current Issues in Economics and Finance, 2003

[paper]


Other Publications


Comment on "Welfare and Distributional Implications of Shale Gas," by Hausman and Kellogg

Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Spring 2015

[paper] [slides]


Selected Research in Progress


"The Aggregate Effects of "Free" Secondary Schooling in the Developing World"

with Junichi Fujimoto and Mitch VanVuren


"Improving Tax Collection Capacity in the Developing World: Evidence from Local Government in Ghana"

with James Dzansi, Anders Jensen and Henry Telli


"Accounting for Africa's Growth Miracle"

with Stephie Fried and Alejandro Nakab


"The Persistence of Agricultural Productivity Gaps"

with Katia Del Frari and Doug Gollin