Research

Current working papers:

Reassessing the resource curse using causal machine learning (with Lechner and Raschky).

Voting or abstaining in "managed" elections? A field experiment in Bangladesh (with Ahmed and Islam).

Key players in economic development (with Amarasinghe, Raschky and Zenou).

Religion and terrorism: Evidence from Ramadan fasting (with Raschky and Strittmatter). R&R at Journal of Peace Research.

Selected publications:

Ethnic geography: Measurement and evidence (with Valsecchi and Vesperoni), Journal of Public Economics, 2021.

Measuring ethnic stratification and its effect on trust in Africa (with Srisuma, Vesperoni and Zurlinden), Journal of Development Economics, 2020.

Effect of oil spills on infant mortality in Nigeria (with Bruederle), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2019.

African leaders and the geography of China's foreign assistance (with Dreher, Fuchs, Parks, Raschky and Tierney), Journal of Development Economics, 2019.

Ethnic favoritism: An axiom of politics? (with De Luca, Raschky and Valsecchi), Journal of Development Economics, 2018.

The political economics of the Arab Spring, Economic Inquiry, 2018.

The effects of voting costs on the democratic process and public finances (with Luechinger and Stutzer), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2015.

Regional favoritism (with Raschky), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2014.

Development (paradigm) failures (with Dreher), Journal of Development Economics, 2013.

All-pay war (with Yektas), Games and Economic Behavior, 2012.

Inefficient policies and incumbency advantage (with Loertscher and Rohner), Journal of Public Economics, 2010.

Natural resources, democracy and corruption (with Bhattacharyya), European Economic Review, 2010.

Industrial policy in an imperfect world, Journal of Development Economics, 2009.

The curse of natural resources in fractionalized countries, European Economic Review, 2006.

Complete list of publications

Please see my CV or my Google Scholar profile.