Research

Recent working papers:

Is favoritism a threat to Chinese aid effectiveness? A subnational analysis of Chinese development projects (with Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Bradley Parks, Paul Raschky and Michael Tierney), 2019.

Religion and terrorism: Evidence from Ramadan fasting (with Paul Raschky and Anthony Strittmatter), 2019.

Measuring ethnic stratification and its effect on trust in Africa (with Sorawoot Srisuma, Alberto Vesperoni and NoƩmie Zurlinden), 2018. R&R at Journal of Development Economics.

Expropriations, property confiscations and new offshore entities: Evidence from the Panama Papers (with Ralph Bayer, Paul Raschky and Anthony Strittmatter), 2018.

Spatial diffusion of economic shocks in networks (with Ashanie Amarasinghe, Paul Raschky and Yves Zenou), 2018.

Ethnic geography: Measurement and evidence (with Michele Valsecchi and Alberto Vesperoni), 2017.

Selected publications:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Natural resources, democracy and corruption (with Sambit 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.