I am an Economist in the World Bank Development Research Group, working in the intersection of development economics, public finance and political economy. I am also an International Research Associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), a Research Affiliate at Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and an Advisory Committee member of the Nigerian Tax Research Network.

I explore different aspects of the relationship between the state and citizens, and implications for economic development in low-income countries. One major strand of my research is taxation. I am interested in understanding determinants of tax compliance in contexts with limited state capacity. I also examine how increased use of technology affects tax systems.  On the expenditure side, I am interested in understanding ways to improve public good provision and service delivery. I also work on other topics such as national identity and inter-ethnic relations, gender, and education. 

I received my BA in Economics from Dartmouth College, MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard Kennedy School and PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.