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“The Non-Democratic Roots of Elite-Capture: Evidence from Soeharto Mayors in Indonesia”

    (with Priya Mukherjee and Andreas Stegmann)

    Econometrica, forthcoming, June 2017, CEMFI Working Paper No. 1601, PDF; Appendix A; Appendix B

    VoxDev Post

“Are Labor Supply Decisions Consistent with Neoclassical Preferences? Evidence from Indian Boat Owners”

    (with Xavier Giné and Marian Vidal-Fernández)

    Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, October 2017, 142: 331-347.

    Working Paper, Published Paper

“The Local Political Economy Effects of School Construction in Indonesia”

    American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, April 2017, 9(2): 256–289.

    PDF, Online Appendix here, Video-summary by the AEA here

“The Role of Local Officials in New Democracies: Evidence from Indonesia”

   American Economic Review, April 2014, 104 (4), 1244–1287.

     PDF, Online Appendix here



Working Papers:

New! “The Rise and Fall of Local Elections in China: Theory and Empirical Evidence on the Autocrat’s Trade-off”

    (with Gerard Padró i Miquel, Nancy Qian, and Yang Yao)

    (November 2017) (NBER Working Paper 24032)  PDF

    Status: Submitted to publication

New! “In Vaccines we Trust? The Effects of Anti-vaccine Propaganda on Immunization:

    Evidence from Pakistan” 

    (with Andreas Stegmann)

    (September 2017) CEMFI Working Paper No. 1713, PDF

    In the media: Tonic, The Guardian  

    Status: Under revision


“Making Democracy Work: Formal Institutions and Culture in Rural China”

    (with Gerard Padró i Miquel, Nancy Qian, Yiqing Xu and Yang Yao)

    (June 2017)  PDF

    Status: Submitted to publication

“Social Fragmentation, Public Goods and Elections: Evidence from China”

    (with Gerard Padró i Miquel, Nancy Qian, and Yang Yao)

    (August 2017)  PDF

    Status: Revision Requested at the Journal of Public Economics

“Political Reform in China: The Effect of Local Elections”

    (with Gerard Padró i Miquel, Nancy Qian and Yang Yao)

    (July 2014) (NBER Working Paper 18101) PDF

    In the media: The Economist, China Real Time Report - WSJ, Research Brief CATO Institute

    Status: Under revision

“Do Local Elections in Non-Democracies Increase Accountability? Evidence from Rural China”

    (with Gerard Padró i Miquel, Nancy Qian and Yang Yao)

    (April 2011) NBER Working Paper 16948 PDF

    Status: Under revision

Selected Work in Progress:

“Improving Accountability through Information and Collective Action: Field Experiment in the context of the Village Law reform in Indonesia” 

    (2017) (with Andreas Stegmann)

    Status: In the field. Pilot completed.

“Legacies of Non-Democratic Local Institutions: The Brazilian Case”

    (with Claudio Ferraz, Frederico Finan and Luis Meloni)

“Political Power and Long-Run Development: Evidence from Brazil”

    (with Claudio Ferraz and Frederico Finan)