Journal Article

Why Being Wrong can be Right: Magical Warfare Technologies and the Persistence of False BeliefsAmerican Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings. 2017 (with Nathan Nunn) Coverage: VOXeu, CIFAR

Fishing, Commitment, and Communication: A Proposal for Nonbinding Research Registration Political Analysis, 21(1): 1-20, Winter 2013 (With M Humphreys and P van der Windt) Coverage: World Bank’s Development Impact blog


Working Paper

(In)Formal Contract Enforceability, Submitted

Corrupt Hierarchies (with Kristof Titeca). Coverage: Foreign Affairs

On the Origns of the State: Stationary Bandits and Taxation in Eastern Congo Revision Requested, Journal of Political Economy.  Coverage: Marginal RevolutionChris BlattmanFrankfurter Allgemeine, Die Zeit, PEDL Research NoteA Crowing hen’s blog, BBC Radio trade series

Can Externally Mandated Gender Requirements Empower Women? Revision Requested, Journal of Development Economics (With M Humphreys and P van der Windt)

Institutional Change (or not) by Imitation: Introducing Western Governance Practices in Congolese Villages   under review (with M Humphreys and P van der Windt). Coverage: Financial Times, World Bank’s Development Impact blogThe undercover economist

Who’s Watching? Effects of Monitoring on Strategies for Corruption

On the mechanics of Kleptocratic States: Administrators’ Power, Protection, and Taxpayers’ False Confessions (With Soeren Henn, Laura Paler, Wilson Prichard, Cyrus Samii)

On the Ends of the State: Stationary Bandits and the Time Horizon


Work in Progress

Corruption: collusion, repeated interaction, and spot markets for privatized protection (with Kristof Titeca)

State administration reform, Democratic Republic of Congo (with E. Mvukiyehe)

Impacts of aid on conflict (with David Ifkovitz and Peter van der Windt)

Economics of state kidnaping: Sicilian Fishermen (with Naor Ben-Yehoyada and Vito Pipitone)

Who are rebel commanders?

Fiscal administration of armed groups

Political economy of indirect rule: evidence from armed groups

Political economy of leakage

Magical beliefs (with Nathan Nunn)

Supernatural private sector development (with Nathan Nunn and Max Winkler)

Cleaning up the supply chain: multinational sourcing in the Congo “What are the economic implications of ‘responsible sourcing’ policies?” (with Benjamin Faber and Benjamin Krause)

Policy Report

Artisanal Mining, Livelihoods, and Child Labor in the Cobalt Supply Chain of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Social and Economic Impacts of Community Driven Development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Bandits or states? Armed groups’ expropriation strategies and the economy: evidence from Eastern Congo