My research studies how public policies affect formal and informal institutions in developing countries.
Research interests: Development Economics, Small Enterprises, Household Economics, Taxation
"Technology, Taxation and Corruption: Evidence from the Introduction of Electronic Tax Filing" with Oyebola Okunogbe. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (forthcoming). Abstract. See also World Bank Policy Research Working Paper no. 8452.
"HIV Prevention Among Youth: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Voluntary Counseling and Testing for HIV and Male Condom Distribution in Rural Kenya" with Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas, Thomas Ginn, Grace Makana Barasa, Moses Baraza, and Vandana Sharma. PLOS ONE, 14 (7): e0219535. July 2019. Abstract.
"Does Inducing Informal Firms to Formalize Make Sense? Experimental Evidence from Benin” with Najy Benhassine, David McKenzie and Massimiliano Santini. Journal of Public Economics, 157, 1-14, January 2018. Abstract, 2-pages policy summary, Blogpost Development Impact, VoxDev column.
"Turning a Shove into a Nudge: A ‘Labelled Cash Transfer’ for Education" with Najy Benhassine, Florencia Devoto, Esther Duflo and Pascaline Dupas. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 7(3), 86-125, August 2015. Abstract.
"The Media or the Message? Experimental Evidence on Mass Media and Modern Contraception Uptake in Burkina Faso" with Rachel Glennerster and Joanna Murray. March 2021. Abstract. CSAE Working Paper 2021-04. Media coverage: L'Economiste du Faso
Work in Progress
"Mass Media during the Covid-19 crisis: experimental evidence from rural Burkina Faso" with M. Belem, J. Murray, and T. Swigart. Estimated date of completion: 2021.
"Bringing Property Owners into the Tax Net: Avenues of Fiscal Capacity and Local Accountability: Evidence from Dakar, Senegal" with D. Cogneau, M. Gurgand, J.Knebelmann, and B. Sarr. Abstract. Estimated date of completion: 2022.
University of Oxford: Public Finance in Developing Countries. MSc Economics for Devevelopment.
Science Po Paris: Evaluating Social Programs: Randomized Experiments. Master PSIA, 24 hours. 2016-2020.
Teaching Assistant during Workshops on Impact Evaluation for the World Bank (Istanbul 2014, Mexico 2017) and JPAL (Rabat 2010, Brussels 2011, Paris 2012, Ouagadougou 2012, Aarhus 2013).
Before doing my PhD, I worked during eight years on research projects and impact evaluations on education, heath and governance in Africa and Asia with organizations such as the World Bank, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA).