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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, (May 2017), CEMFI Working Paper No. 1601, PDF; Appendix A; Appendix B


“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: 

“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

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

    (with Xavier Giné and Marian Vidal-Fernández)

    (January 2017) World Bank Working Paper PDF

   Status: Revise & Resubmit, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization

“The Role of Trust in Demand for Health Services: Evidence from Vaccinations in Pakistan”

    (with Andreas Stegmann)

    (October 2016)

    Status: Preliminary draft available upon request

Selected Work in Progress:

“Authoritarian Determinants of Support for Civil Rights” (with Claudio Ferraz and Frederico Finan)

“Legacies of Non-Democratic Local Institutions: The Brazilian Case” (with Claudio Ferraz, Frederico Finan and Luis Meloni)

“Endogenous Extractive Local Institutions: Evidence from Indonesia Democratic Transition”

“Enhancing Local Accountability: Information & Empowerment” (with Andreas Stegmann)

“Culture, Social Capital and Elections in China” (with Gerard Padró i Miquel, Nancy Qian, Yiqing Xu and Yang Yao)