I am an Assistant Professor of Applied Microeconomics at the Department of Management and Microeconomics, Goethe University Frankfurt. I am also the Associate Director (Field) of Frankfurt Laboratory for Experimental Economic Research (FLEX) and Senior Fellow at the Center for Development Research, Bonn University.
    My research interests are at the intersection of development economics and political economy.  I study the origins of culture and institutions, how these two forces interact, and the effect this interaction has on economic outcomes. I then build on these insights to design and evaluate public policies, particularly in settings that are characterized by market, government, and individual failures. 
    Methodologically, I combine quasi-experimental approaches and randomized field experiments with behavioral experiments. My current projects are based in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Switzerland, and Uganda.