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I am a 5th year PhD Student in Economics at Cornell University and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. 
My research focuses on the analysis of communities - often by studying the role of their embedded social networks on economic decision-making. As a researcher with an empirical focus, I find village economies in sub-Saharan Africa to be among the most interesting systems for such analysis.

I have worked on the following themes: 
  • Social learning and agricultural technology adoption
  • The role of social spaces (e.g., churches, farmer groups) in the spread of information through social networks
  • The nuanced role of social and gift-giving networks in risk-sharing arrangements
  • The interaction of social norms, social relationships and local decision-making rules in contributing towards local public goods.
My papers are methodologically diverse though they often involve testing precise predictions of microeconomic models of decision-making with carefully thought out and nuanced roles for social network and community influences. I test these models using original, sometimes experimental, data sets that my collaborators and I have collected in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and Uganda. The data sets often include information on village social networks that allow analysis of network dyads in addition to analysis of network influences on individual behavior.

My PhD committee is chaired by Chris Barrett and includes Eleonora Patacchini and Larry Blume. I will be on the Job Market in 2017-2018 and will be available for interviews at the 2018 ASSA Annual Meeting.

Contact Information:
Department of Economics
Cornell University
404 Uris Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853