Research

Publications:
    “One Mandarin Benefits the Whole Clan: Hometown Favoritism in an Authoritarian Regime”, October 2017 (with Kieu-Trang Nguyen and Anh N. Tran). American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 1-29 (lead article). Click here for paper, and online appendix.

   
Isolated Capital Cities, Accountability and Corruption: 
Evidence from US States
”, (with Filipe R. Campante), August 2014, American Economic Review, Vol. 108, No. 8, pp. 2456-81. Media coverage: New York Times (and here), LA TimesWashington Post (Wonkblog), NPR (here and here), NY Daily NewsAmerican ProspectForeign PolicyMarginal RevolutionMonkey Cage, Boston Globe (and here), Atlantic Cities, Tampa Tribune, Tampa Bay Times (also here, and blogged here), Tallahassee Democrat, State Journal-Register, U-T San Diego, PA Independent, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Keystone Crossroads (PA)New York Village Voice, Madville Times South Dakota, Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, The Rochesterian, Hartford Courant, Nevada Public Radio, Charlotte NC's NPR, Politicus USA, among others. NBER Working Paper W19027. Click here for the final version, November 2013, and the online appendix.

    “What Do We Expect From Our Friends?” (with Stephen Leider, Markus M. Mobius and Tanya Rosenblat), March 2010, Journal of the European Economic Association, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 120-138 (previously part of NBER Working Paper W13135). Click here.

    “Directed Altruism and Enforced Reciprocity in Social Networks” (with Stephen Leider, Markus M. Mobius and Tanya Rosenblat), November 2009, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 124, No. 4, pp. 1815-1851 (previously part of NBER Working Paper W13135; earlier version circulated under the title “Social Capital in Social Networks”). Click here.

    “Instability and the Incentives for Corruption” (with Filipe R. Campante and Davin Chor), March 2009, Economics and Politics, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 42-92. Click here for paper, and online appendix.


Working papers:
    R&R:
    “Capital Cities, Conflict, and Misgovernance”, March 2017 (with Filipe R. Campante and Bernardo Guimaraes). NBER Working Paper W19028, or click here for latest version. Media coverage: New York Times, Washington Post (Wonkblog)Foreign Policy, Marginal RevolutionO GloboAwarded 2nd prize in Applied Micro at the Premio SBE 2012 (Porto de Galinhas). (previous circulated as "Isolated Capital Cities and Misgovernance: Theory and Evidence.") Under R&R for American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

    Do People Pay Higher Bribes for Urgent Services? Evidence from Informal Payments to Doctors in Vietnam, June 2013 (with Trang Van Nguyen and Anh Tran). Click here. Under R&R for World Bank Economic Review.

   
A Centered Index of Spatial Concentration: 
Expected Influence Approach 
and Application to Population and Capital Cities
, April 2010 (with Filipe R. Campante). Click here. Under R&R for Theoretical Economics.

    Submitted or in preparation:
   Directors as Connectors: The Impact of the External Networks of Directors on Firms”, March 2016 (with Yen-Teik Lee and Bang D. Nguyen). Paper and appendix here. Covered on The Economist (blog).
    “How Social Networks Shape Our Beliefs: A Natural Experiment among Future French Politicians” June 2015 (with Yann Algan, Nicolò Dalvit, Alexis Le Chapelain, and Yves Zenou). Draft to be finished.
    “Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Value of Political Connections in Social Networks”, June 2012 (with Yen-Teik Lee, Bang D. Nguyen and Kieu-Trang Nguyen). Click here.
    “Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice: What Are Good Directors Made Of?”, March 2013 (with Bang D. Nguyen and P. Raghavendra Rau). Click here.
    “Social Networks, Corporate Investment, and Firm Value: Evidence from Corporate Control Activities” February 2014 (with Yen-Teik Lee and Bang D. Nguyen).

    Older or superseded:
    Corruption, Delays, and the Pattern of Trade, April 2008 (with Davin Chor and Karine Serfaty). Click here.
    “Political Connections and Firm Value: Evidence from Regression Discontinuity Design of Close Gubernatorial Elections”, March 2015 (with Yen-Teik Lee and Bang D. Nguyen). CEPR discussion paper 10526, or click here for the latest version. Awarded “Best corporate finance paper” at SFS Finance Cavalcade 2013.
    
Keeping Dictators Honest: the Role of Population 
Concentration
”, April 2008 (with Filipe R. Campante). Click here. A popularized version can be found here.
    “Directed Altruism and Enforced Reciprocity in Social Networks: How Much is a Friend Worth”, May 2007 (with Stephen Leider, Markus M. Mobius and Tanya Rosenblat), NBER Working Paper W13135Click here.
    “Inequality, Redistribution and Population”, June 2007 (with Filipe R. Campante). Click here.

Work in progress without a draft:
    “Social Connections of Politicians and Directors” (with Bang D. Nguyen and Yen-Teik Lee)
    “Labor Supply of Taxi Drivers in a Developing Country” (with Anh N. Tran)
    “Clans of Compatriots: Collusion and Competition in an Autocracy” (with Kieu-Trang Nguyen, Edmund Malesky, and Anh N. Tran)
    “An Axiomatic Foundation of Network Centrality Measures” (with Yves Zenou)
    “Estimating Economists' Revealed Preferences among Journals in Economics” (with Eméric Henry)
    “Estimating Complementarities in Corporate Boards” (with Alfred Galichon and Lucas Vernet)
    The colonial origin of conflicts: Evidence from French Occidental Africa (with Elise Huillery and Jean-Luis Keene)

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