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

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

Research


Published
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
Journal Link

Working Papers
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.

Measuring willingness to pay for reliable electricity: evidence from Senegal
with: Agnieszka Postepska • Leopold Sarr
Submitted


Work in Progress
Pricing complexity and consumer behavior: evidence from a lab experiment
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

Spillovers without social interactions in urban sanitation

Press

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




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