McCourt School of Public Policy
Old North, Suite 100
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20057
Phone: (202) 687-2938
Fax: (202) 687-5544
I am an Assistant Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. I am also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University, and the Lead Academic for the International Growth Centre’s Rwanda Program.
My research uses field and lab experimental methods to study how individual decision-making shapes state effectiveness, through the design of transfer programs, incentives in public-service provision, and tax policy and administration. In current projects, I examine the recruitment effects of pay-for-performance in the public sector, the impacts of cash vs in-kind transfer programs, and the design of audit policies to reduce retail tax evasion in Rwanda.
My CV is available here.
|Feb 18, 2020||Paper “Using household grants to benchmark the cost effectiveness of a USAID workforce readiness program” (with Craig McIntosh), conditionally accepted, Journal of Development Economics, pre-results review. Pre-analysis plan at AEA RCT Registry here.|
|Nov 22, 2019||Presented at NBER/BREAD Conference on Economic Development, “The recruitment, effort, and retention effects of teacher performance pay: Experimental evidence from Rwanda” (with Clare Leaver, Pieter Serneels, and Owen Ozier).|
|Aug 27, 2019||RISE paper (with Cilliers and Mbiti) accepted at the Journal of Human Resources: “Can public rankings improve school performance? Evidence from a nationwide reform in Tanzania” Previously circulated as [RISE WP 19/027].|
|Apr 24, 2019||RISE Insight Note, with Samuel Solomon. “What do Tanzanian parents want from primary schools - and what can be done about it?” RISE link.|
|Feb 21, 2019||New working paper, with Jacobus Cilliers and Isaac Mbiti. “Can public rankings improve school performance? Evidence from a nationwide reform in Tanzania.” RISE WP 19/027.|