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.


πŸš› Rural Roads and Local Economic Development (with Sam Asher)
Conditionally accepted at American Economic Review

πŸ“– 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

πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺWho Runs the International System? Nationality and Leadership in the United Nations Secretariat (with Eric Werker)
The Review of International Organizations
14:1 (2019)
Replication files and data on nationality of senior UN staff (1947-2013).

πŸ—³ 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.

Working Papers

☝ Intergenerational Mobility in India: Estimates from New Methods and Administrative Data (with Sam Asher and Charlie Rafkin)
Fact Sheet for media.
All-India mobility map.
Interactive Delhi mobility map.

πŸ’Ž  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) (submitted)
→ Code for generating ANR Bounds and paper replication: anr-bounds

πŸ’€ Mortality Change Among Less Educated Americans (with Charlie Rafkin) (submitted)

🌴 Moment Forests (with Denis Nekipelov and Stephen P. Ryan) NBER Working Paper No. 22976 (submitted)

Work in Progress

πŸ„ Predicting Poverty Using Daytime Imagery (with Tony Duan, Elliott Chartock, Haque Ishfaq, Sam Asher, Marshall Burke, David Lobell and Stefano Ermon)

πŸƒThe Cost of Distance: Geography and Governance in Rural India (with Sam Asher and Karan Nagpal)

πŸ’Ž  Digging for Development: Economic Impacts of Mining Booms (with Sam Asher)

πŸš• The Cost of Road Infrastructure in Tanzania (with Sam Asher and Martina Kirchberger)

πŸ€‘  Regulation Intensity, Rents and the Sectoral Concentration of Wealth (with Sam Asher and Michael Walton)

Permanent Working Papers

πŸ—Ί The Impacts of Local Control over Political Institutions: Evidence from State Splitting in India (with Sam Asher)

Econ 24

You can find a copy of the Econ 24 syllabus (from the current or previous quarter) here.