Research

Peer-Reviewed Publications

How Much Does the Cardinal Treatment of Ordinal Variables Matter? An Empirical Investigation,” Political Analysis, forthcoming, November 2020.

COVID-19 and Conflict,” (with Colette Salemi); World Development, forthcoming, Available online: November 11, 2020.
– Blog coverage: Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog

Does Contract Farming Improve Welfare? A Review,” (with Marc F. Bellemare); World Development, vol. 112, pp. 259-271, December 2018.

Measuring Hope: A Quantitative Approach with Validation in Rural Myanmar,” (with Duncan Boughton, Kyan Htoo, Aung Hein, and Ellen Payongayong); Journal of Development Studies, vol. 54, issue 11, pp. 2078-2094, August 2018.

The Costs of Secondary Migration: Perspectives from Refugee Voluntary Agencies in the U.S.,” (with Scott Loveridge); Journal of International Migration and Integration, vol. 19, issue 2, pp. 233-251, May 2018.

Learning toward Transformation: Evaluating Material, Social, and Spiritual Impacts in Western Kenya,” Faith & Economics, Issue 69, pp. 25-61, Spring 2017.

Working Papers

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten? Evidence from the Philippines,” (with Bruce Wydick); Revise & Resubmit at Economic Development and Cultural Change.
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Aspirations and Investments in Rural Myanmar,” Revise & Resubmit at the Journal of Economic Inequality.

The Influence of Hidden Researcher Decisions in Applied Microeconomics,” (with Nick Huntington-Klein [project lead], Andreu Arenas, Emily Beam, Marco Bertoni, Pralhad Burli, Naibin Chen, Paul Greico, Godwin Ekpe, Todd Pugatch, Martin Saavedra, and Yaniv Stopnitzky); Revise & Resubmit at Economic Inquiry.
– IZA Discussion Paper No. 13233

The Coronavirus Pandemic and Food Security: Evidence from West Africa” (with Guigonan Serge Adjognon and Aly Sanoh); Revise & Resubmit at Food Policy.
– World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 9474

Good Intentions Gone Bad? The Dodd-Frank Act and Conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes Region,” Under Review.
– Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) Working Paper, No. 300
– Blog coverage: World Bank Development Impact blog, IPA Weekly Links, This Week in Africa

The Paper of How: Estimating Treatment Effects Using the Front-Door Criterion,” (with Marc F. Bellemare and Noah Wexler); Under Review.

Neighborhood Violence, Poverty, and Psychological Well-Being,” (with Mo Alloush); Under Review.

Does Psychological Well-Being Mediate Economic Well-Being? Short-Run Evidence from a Multifaceted Program in the Philippines,” (with Rashmita Gandhe); Under Review.

Ongoing Projects

Producers, Consumers, and Value Chains in Developing Countries,” (with Marc F. Bellemare and Sunghun Lim)

Digital Finance and Economic Empowerment: Experimental Evidence on the Role of Transaction Costs,” (with Khandker Wahedur Rahman)

The Analysis of Human Feelings,” (with Andrew Oswald)

Herder-Related Violence and Informal Work as a Safety Net,” (with David Francis, Harrison Mitchell, and Amy Damon)

The Coronavirus Pandemic and Global Food Security: A Review,” (with Jarrad Farris)

Policy Briefs & Lightly Peer-Reviewed Publications

The Secondary Migration of Refugees Resettled in the US,” (with Scott Loveridge); Forced Migration ReviewIssue 54; 2017.

Refugees in Rural Communities: A Win-Win?,” National Agriculture & Rural Development Policy Center; 2014.

Invited Book Reviews

Book Review Shrewd Samaritan: Faith, Economics, and the Road to Loving Our Global Neighbor by Bruce Wydick,” Christian Relief, Development, and Advocacy, Winter 2020, Issue 1, no. 2.

Book Review Cents and Sensibility: What Economics Can Learn from the Humanities by Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro,” Faith & Economics, Spring 2018, Issue No. 71.

Book Review Experimental Conversations: Perspectives on Randomized Trials in Development Economics (ed.) Timothy Ogden,” (with Marc F. Bellemare) American Journal of Agricultural Economics, March 2018, Vol. 100, Issue 2, pp. 642–643

Book Review Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science by Dani Rodrik,” Faith & EconomicsFall 2016, Issue No. 68, pp. 121-126.

Book Review Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard H. Thaler,” Faith & Economics, Fall 2015; Issue No. 66, pp.169-174.