Michael Callen

Associate Professor, London School of Economics. 

Research Program Director. State Capabilities . International Growth Center. 

Scientific Director for Nepal. Inclusion Economics.

Editorial Board Member. Review of Economic Studies. Journal of the European Economic Association. 

Co-Editor. VoxDev

Board Member: American Comparative Economic Society (ACES)


[CV]   [Google Scholar]


Using Preference Estimates to Customize Incentives: An Application to Polio Vaccination Drives in Pakistan [PDF][Published Version]

Journal of the European Economic Association. Forthcoming. 

(with James Andreoni, Karrar Hussain Jaffar, Muhammad Yasir Khan, and Charles Sprenger)

Violence and Financial Decisions: Evidence from Mobile Money in Afghanistan [PDF][Published Version]

Review of Economics and Statistics. Forthcoming.  

(with Joshua Blumenstock, Robert Gonzalez, and Tarek Ghani)

The Political Economy of Public Sector Absence [PDF][Published Version]

Journal of Public Economics. Forthcoming. 

(with Saad Gulzar, Ali Hasanain, Arman Rezaee, and Muhammad Yasir Khan)

Three Sins: The Disconnect Between De Jure Institutions and De Facto Power in Afghanistan [Open Access Published Version]

London School of Economics Public Policy Review.  2022. 

(with Shahim Kabuli) 

Covid 19 Vaccine Acceptance and Hesitancy in Low- and Middle-Income Countries [PDF][Published Version

Nature: Medicine. 2021. 

(with many coauthors listed in the published version) 

Political Identity: Experimental Evidence on Anti-Americanism in Pakistan [PDF][Published Version]

Journal of the European Economic Association. 2020. 

(with Leonardo Bursztyn, Bruno Ferman, Saad Gulzar, Ali Hasanain, and Noam Yuchtman) 

Data and Policy Decisions: Experimental Evidence from Pakistan [PDF] [Published Version]

Journal of Development Economics.  2020. 

(with Saad Gulzar, Ali Hasanain, Muhammad Yasir Khan, and Arman Rezaee) 

Can Political Alignment Be Costly? [PDF][Published Version]

Journal of Politics. 2020. 

(with Saad Gulzar and Arman Rezaee)

What are the Headwaters of Formal Savings? Experimental Evidence from Sri Lanka [PDF]  [Appendix][Published Version]

Review of Economic Studies. 2019.

(with Suresh de Mel, Craig McIntosh, and Chris Woodruff) 

Elections and Government Legitimacy in Afghanistan [PDF][Published Version]

 Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 2019. 

(with Eli Berman, Clark Gibson,  James D. Long, and Arman Rezaee)

Damaging Democracy? Security Provision and Turnout in Afghan Elections [PDF] [Published Version]

Economics and Politics. 2019.

(with Luke N. Condra , Radha Iyengar, James D. Long, and Jacob N. Shapiro)

Why Do Defaults Affect Behavior? Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan [PDF] [Published Version]

American Economic Review. 2018. 

(with Joshua Blumenstock and Tarek Ghani)

Improving Electoral Integrity with Information Communications  Technology  [PDF]  [Published Version

Journal of Experimental Political Science. 2016. 

(with Clark Gibson, Danielle F. Jung, and James D. Long)

Institutional Corruption and Election Fraud: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan [PDF]  [Published Version]

American Economic Review. 2015.  

(with James D. Long) 

Promises and Pitfalls of Mobile Money in Afghanistan: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial [PDF] [Published Version]

Proceedings of the Fifth ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development Association for Computing Machinery. 2015. 

(with Joshua Blumenstock and Tarek Ghani)

Pooling Risk Among Countries [PDF]  [Published Version

Journal of International Economics. 2015. 

(with Jean Imbs and Paulo Mauro)

Catastrophes and Time Preference [PDF]  [Published Version]

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 2015.

Violence and Risk Preference: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan [PDF]  [Published Version]  

American Economic Review. 2014. 

(with Mohammad Isaqzadeh, James D. Long, and Charles Sprenger) 

Violence, Control and Election Fraud: Evidence from Afghanistan [PDF]  [Published Version]  

British Journal of Political Science. 2013. 

(with Nils B. Weidmann) 

Improving Public Health Delivery in Punjab, Pakistan: Issues and Opportunities [PDF] [Published Version]

Lahore Journal of Economics. 2013. 

(with Saad Gulzar, Ali Hasanain, Abdul Rehman Khan, Muhammad Yasir Khan, and Muhammad Zia Mehmood) 

Do Working Men Rebel? Insurgency and Unemployment in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Philippines [PDF]  [Published Version]

Journal of Conflict Resolution. 2011. 

(with Eli Berman, Joseph H. Felter, and Jacob N. Shapiro)

Working Papers

Strengthening Fragile States:  Evidence from Mobile Salary Payments in Afghanistan

(with Joshua Blumenstock, Anastasiia Faikina, Stefano Fiorin, and Tarek Ghani) [PDF


Measuring Religion From Behavior: Climate Shocks and Religious Adherence in Afghanistan [SSRN with link to PDF]

(with Joshua Blumenstock and Oeindrila Dube)

Choosing Ungoverned Space: The Removal of Pakistan's Frontier Crimes Regulation [PDF]

Revise and Resubmit. Economica.

(with Saad Gulzar, Arman Rezaee, and Jacob N. Shapiro)

Review Articles

Mobile Money  [Online Version]

VoxDevLit Review Article. 

(with Tavneet Suri, Catia Batista, Tarek Ghani, William Jack, Leora Klapper, Emma Riley, Simone Schaner, Sandip Sukhtankar)

State Capabilities Evidence Paper [Online Version

International Growth Center.

(with Oriana Bandiera, Katherine Casey, Eliana La Ferrara, Camille Landais, and Mathieu Teachout)