I am an assistant professor of economics at Dartmouth College. I work on economic development, political economy and economic geography using large administrative and remote sensing data. Some of my recent projects have focused on the impacts of India's large-scale rural roads program, the impacts of mineral sector development and on measuring intergenerational mobility in developing countries. I also have several projects on machine learning and statistical methods, with applications to the U.S. mortality crisis.
🚛 Rural Roads and Local Economic Development
(with Sam Asher)
Conditionally accepted at American Economic Review
📖 Educational Investment Responses to Economic Opportunity: Evidence
from Indian Road Construction
(with Anjali Adukia and Sam Asher)
Accepted at AEJ: Applied
🌲 The Ecological Footprint of Transportation Infrastructure
(with Sam Asher and Teevrat Garg)
Conditionally accepted at the Economic Journal
🇸🇪Who Runs the International
System? Nationality and Leadership in the United
(with Eric Werker)
The Review of International Organizations 14:1 (2019)
→ Replication files and data on nationality of senior UN staff (1947-2013).
🗳 Politics and Local Economic Growth: Evidence from India
(with Sam Asher)
AEJ: Applied Economics 9:1 (2017).
→ Replication code and data posted at AEJ:Applied.
Intergenerational Mobility in India: Estimates from New
Administrative Data (with Sam
Asher and Charlie Rafkin)
→ Fact Sheet for media.
→ All-India mobility map.
→ Interactive Delhi mobility map.
💎 Rent-Seeking and Criminal
Politicians: Evidence from Mining Booms
(with Sam Asher) (Revise and Resubmit
at Review of Economics and Statistics)
➰ Getting Signal from Interval Data: Theory and Applications to
Mortality and Intergenerational Mobility
(with Sam Asher and Charlie Rafkin)
→ Code for generating ANR Bounds and paper replication: anr-bounds
💀 Mortality Change Among Less
(with Charlie Rafkin) (submitted)
🌴 Moment Forests
(with Denis Nekipelov and Stephen
P. Ryan) NBER Working Paper No. 22976 (submitted)
Work in Progress
🐄 Predicting Poverty Using
Daytime Imagery (with Tony Duan, Elliott
Chartock, Haque Ishfaq, Sam Asher, Marshall Burke, David
🏃The Cost of Distance:
Geography and Governance in Rural India (with Sam Asher
and Karan Nagpal)
💎 Digging for Development: Economic Impacts of
Mining Booms (with Sam Asher)
🚕 The Cost of Road
Infrastructure in Tanzania (with Sam Asher
and Martina Kirchberger)
🤑 Regulation Intensity,
Rents and the Sectoral Concentration of Wealth (with Sam Asher
and Michael Walton)
Permanent Working Papers
You can find a copy of the Econ 24 syllabus (from the current or previous quarter) here.