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

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

     PDF, Online Appendix here, slides.

“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, slides.

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

    (with Priya Mukherjee and Andreas Stegmann)

    Econometrica, November 2017, 85 (6), 1991-2010. PDF; Appendix A; Appendix B; Slides

    VoxDev Post, Link to Paper

“Inequality and Psychological Well-being in Times of Covid-19: Evidence from Spain”

    (with Carlos Sanz)

    SERIEs (Journal of the Spanish Economic Association), November 2021, 12, 489-548. PDF

“In Vaccines We Trust? The Effects of CIA’s Vaccine Ruse on Immunization in Pakistan”

    (with Andreas Stegmann)

    Journal of the European Economic Association, February 2022, 150-186.

     Published Paper, Working Paper, Appendix, Slides, Link to Paper

    In the media: Tonic, The Guardian, New Scientist, Independent UK, La Vanguardia (in Spanish),

    Medical News Today, MD Alert, Global Village, Times Radio Interview (audio file),

    La Tarde Cadena Cope (audio file, in Spanish), CEPR VideoVox Interview (link to video)

“The Rise and Fall of Local Elections in China”

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

    American Economic Review, September 2022, 2921-58, PDF, Appendix, Link to Paper 


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

    (with Gerard Padró i Miquel, Nancy Qian, and Yang Yao), June 2022. Forthcoming at book “Decentralised        

    Governance Crafting Effective Democracies Around the World” LSE Press (edited by Jean-Paul Faguet and    

    Sarmistha Pal)


Working Papers:

“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: Revise & Resubmit Journal of the European Economic Association

“Political Economy and Structural Transformation: Democracy, Regulation and Public Investment”

    (with Leonard Wantchekon)

    (February 2021) Inception Paper of the Political Economy Theme of STEG, PDF

    Status: Submitted for Publication

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

    (with Claudio Ferraz and Frederico Finan)

    (August 2022) Inception Paper of the Political Economy Theme of PDF, NBER Working Paper #27456

    Status: Submitted for Publication

New! “The Management of the Pandemic and its Effects on Trust and Accountability”

    (with Carlos Sanz), September 2022, PDF