Published and Forthcoming Papers

Generating skilled self-employment in developing countries: Experimental evidence from Uganda. With Christopher Blattman and Sebastian Martinez. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2014, 129 (2): 697-752. Replication files and data.

Do anti-poverty programs sway voters? Experimental evidence from Uganda. With Christopher Blattman and Mathilde Emeriau. Forthcoming, Review of Economics and Statistics.

Trusting Former Rebels: An Experimental Approach to Understanding Reintegration after Civil War. With Ian Levely and Michal Bauer. Forthcoming, Economic Journal.

Financial Education and Savings Behavior: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment among Low Income Clients of Branchless Banking in India. With Margherita Calderone, Santadarshan Sadhu and Leopold Sarr. Forthcoming, Economic Development and Cultural Change.

Skills in the Marketplace: Testing Individual Bargaining Ability in a Field Based Experiment. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2015, 120: 174–188. Replication files and data.

The Economic Consequences of Forced Displacement. Journal of Development Studies, 2015, 51 (10): 1275-1293. Replication files and data.

Unitary or Non-cooperative Intra-household model? Evidence from Couples in Uganda. With Xi He. World Bank Economic Review, forthcoming.

Meeting the Demand: An Estimation of Potential Future Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Meat Production. Ecological Economics, 2008, 67(3), 412-419.

Measuring Sustainability: Why the Ecological Footprint is Bad Economics and Bad Environmental Science. Ecological Economics, 2008, 67(4), 519-525.

Economic Perspectives on Civil Wars. With Stergios Skaperdas. Handbook on the Political Economy of War, edited by Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel L. Mathers, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2011.

Working Papers

Stimulating Microenterprise Growth: Results from a Loans, Grants and Training Experiment in Uganda

Business is tough, but family is worse: Household bargaining and investment in microenterprises in Uganda

Policy Briefs

Growing microenterprises: How gender and family can impact outcomes – evidence from Uganda

Cash transfers and structural change

Lessons from a business development evaluation

Implementation and program evaluation

Current Research Projects

Experimental study of an anti-corruption program to determine the effect of local participation and good governance on economic performance of community projects. With Patrick Premand.

Experimental study of the effect of enterprise soft skills training on youth to understand the role of hard versus soft skills education on economic and psychological development outcomes. With Paul Gertler and Dana Carney.

Popular Writing

The Greenhouse Hamburger: How Our Diet Matters More Than Our Cars
Scientific American Magazine, February 2009.


Measuring Success of Youth Livelihood Interventions, A Practical Guide to Monitoring and Evaluation.
With Kevin Hempel.