Samuel Bazzi
Assistant Professor

working papers

Political Economy and Development


Deterring Illegal Entry: Migrant Sanctions and Recidivism in Border Apprehensions (with Sarah Burns, Gordon Hanson, Bryan Roberts, and John Whitley)

The Promise and Pitfalls of Conflict Prediction: Evidence from Colombia and Indonesia (with Robert Blair, Christopher Blattman, Oeindrila Dube, Matthew Gudgeon, and Richard Peck)
Firms, Workers, and Productivity

Identifying Productivity Spillovers Using the Structure of Production Networks (with Amalavoyal Chari, Shanthi Nataraj, and Alexander D. Rothenberg)

When Regional Policies Fail: An Evaluation of Indonesia's Integrated Economic Development Zones (with Amalavoyal Chari, Shanthi Nataraj, and Alexander D. Rothenberg)

Assessing the Spatial Concentration of Indonesia's Manufacturing Sector: Evidence from Three Decades (with Amalavoyal Chari, Shanthi Nataraj, and Alexander D. Rothenberg)

Credit Supply Shocks and Firm Dynamics: Evidence from Brazil
(with Sergio Mikio Koyama, Marc-Andreas Muendler, and James Rauch)


World Bank Economic Review, Forthcoming.

American Economic Journal: Applied EconomicsApril 2017.    

American Economic Review, September 2016.    

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, November 2015.    
[final draft] [online appendix] [replication data: email me]

Economic Shocks and Conflict: Evidence from Commodity Prices (with Christopher Blattman)
American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, October 2014 (Lead Article).
[final draft[online appendix] [replication data] [commodity data]

Blunt Instruments: Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Identifying the Causes of Economic Growth (with Michael Clemens)
American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, April 2013. 
[final draft] [online appendix] [replication data]

Counting Chickens When They Hatch: Timing and the Effects of Aid on Growth (with Rikhil Bhavnani, Michael Clemens, and Steven Radelet)
The Economic Journal, June 2012. 

Recipient of the Royal Economic Society Prize for best non-solicited paper published in The Economic Journal in 2012.

selected work in progress

Political Economy and Development

Accountability, State Capacity, and Public Good Provision: Evidence from the Breakup of Indonesian Districts (with Filipe Campante, Quoc-Anh Do, and Matthew Gudgeon)

Campaign Connections: Political Activism and Labor Market Outcomes (with Claudio Labanca and Marc-Andreas Muendler)

Cultural Origins of Fertility Decline: Evidence from Population Resettlement in Indonesia (with Hillel Rapoport and Martin Fernandez Sanchez)

Women on the American Frontier (with Abel Brodeur, Martin Fiszbein, and Joanne Haddad)

Do Religious Schools Make Religious Citizens? Evidence from Primary School Construction in Indonesia (with Masyhur Hilmy and Benjamin Marx)

Empowering Indonesian Migrant Workers to Access Quality Overseas Placement Services (with Lisa Cameron, Simone Schaner, Firman Witoelar)
[AEA RCT registryMidlines 1 and 2 completed. Endline in 2019.

Virtual Migration: Online Labor Markets and Spatial Labor Misallocation (with Bo Cowgill, Zoë Cullen, and Rizki Siregar)
[AEA RCT registryPilot completed.

Slave Origins and Agricultural Development in the Americas (with Martin Fiszbein)
Firms, Workers, and Productivity

Labor Reallocation in Response to Trade Reform (with Naèrcio Aquino Menezes-Filho and Marc-Andreas Muendler)

publications in health journals (with my better half)

AIDS, October 2018.

Incidence and Predictors of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections among Female Sex Workers and Their Intimate Male Partners in Northern Mexico: A Longitudinal, Multilevel Study (with Angela R. Bazzi, Gudelia Rangel, Gustavo Martinez, Monica D. Ulibarri, Jennifer L. Syvertsen, Scott Roesch, Heather A. Pines, Steffanie A. Strathdee)
American Journal of Epidemiology
, March 2015