I am currently a PhD Candidate in Agricultural & Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I’m interested broadly in development economics, industrial organization, and applied econometrics.

Previously, I worked as the Data Manager for the Dakar Urban Sanitation project with Innovations for Poverty Action.

I am on the job market for the 2020-2021 season and will be available for (virtual) interviews before, during, and after the ASSA and EEA meetings.

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Job Market Paper
Contracting and quality upgrading: evidence from an experiment in Senegal
with: Tanguy BernardOuambi Yameogo
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Linking producers to export markets can improve incomes and welfare, but accessing these markets requires meeting international quality standards. Contracts between producers and buyers may facilitate meeting these standards by aligning incentives, alleviating constraints, and reducing uncertainty for producers. In partnership with two groundnut farming cooperatives in Senegal, we implement a new contracting arrangement that bundles price premium certainty with training and credit for the purchase of a new quality-improving technology. We conduct a randomized experiment to test whether this contract induces adoption of the technology and improvements in production quality. Producers randomly offered the contract are significantly more likely to purchase and use the technology. In areas where quality is otherwise low due to agro-climatic conditions, producers in the treatment group produce significantly higher-quality groundnuts. We also examine contract success as measured by output sales to the cooperative and find that the new contract increases output sales to the cooperative on average. Importantly, the new contract is significantly more effective at increasing sales for producers who are more reciprocal and for whom signaling reliability is more valuable.

Measuring willingness to pay for reliable electricity: evidence from Senegal (Forthcoming), World Development
with: Agnieszka Postepska • Leopold Sarr
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The reform of energy subsidies in Iran: The role of cash transfers (2015), Emerging Markets Finance and Trade
with: Djavad Salehi-Isfahani • Bryce Wilson Stucki
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Working Papers
Measurement error, validation data, and program evaluation
with: Emilia Tjernström
Draft coming soon!

Can smallholder extension transform African agriculture?
with: Maya Duru • Kim Siegal • Emilia Tjernström
Working Paper Link (NBER Working Paper No. 26054, July 2019)

Agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa lags far behind all other regions of the world. A long list of policy experiments has yielded more evidence on what fails than on what works. We analyze a randomized control trial of a rare scaled-up success story: One Acre Fund’s small farmer program. Much like anti-poverty “graduation” interventions, the program aims to relax multiple constraints to productivity simultaneously. We show that participation causes statistically and economically significant increases in output, yields, and profits. In our preferred specification, maize production increases by 24% and profits by 16%. We find little evidence of heterogeneous treatment effects on yields, but observe some attenuation of impacts on total output and profits at the top end of the distribution.

Work in Progress
Spillovers without social interactions in urban sanitation
Using market mechanisms to increase the take-up of improved sanitation
with: Jared Gars • Shoshana Griffith • Jean-François HoudeMolly Lipscomb • Mbaye Mbeguere • Sarah Nehrling • Laura SchechterSiyao Jessica Zhu

Pricing complexity and consumer behavior: evidence from a lab experiment

Press Appearances

"The Poop Cartel," Planet Money (Episode 855, July 25, 2018); Goats and Soda / All Things Considered (July 27, 2018)

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