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Department of Economics












Research Interests


Industrial Organization, Development Economics




(Authors with * are UH students)


[1] “The Value of Free Water: Analyzing South Africa’s Free Basic Water Policy”

Econometrica 83(5), September 2015, 1913–1961.

Online Appendix


[2] “Reducing Nonpayment for Public Utilities: Experimental Evidence from South Africa” (with Gergely Ujhelyi)

Journal of Development Economics 117, 2015, 20-31.

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Supplementary materials and photos


[3] “Choice and Happiness in South Africa” (with Gergely Ujhelyi)

Economics Letters 155, 2017, 28-30.

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[4] “Measuring Firm-level Inefficiencies in the Ghanaian Manufacturing Sector”

Economic Development and Cultural Change 66, 2018, 447-487.

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[5] “None Of The Above: Protest Voting in the World’s Largest Democracy” (with Gergely Ujhelyi and Somdeep Chatterjee*)

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Journal of the European Economic Association 19(3), 2021, 1936–1979.

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[6] “Net Neutrality and Consumer Demand in the Video On-demand Market” (with Vinh Pham*)

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Information Economics and Policy 61, 2022, 1-20.



Working papers


[7] “Candidate Selection by Parties: Crime and Politics in India”

[with Arvind Magesan and Gergely Ujhelyi]

[October 2023 Version]

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[8] “Bundling to Save“

[November 2022 Version]

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[9] “National Parks and Economic Development”

(with Gergely Ujhelyi)

[December 2022 Version]

Revise and Resubmit at the Journal of Public Economics

Partially supercedes “Economic Impacts of the US National Park System”

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Additional Data Appendix


“Economic Impacts of the US National Park System”

(with Gergely Ujhelyi)

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Additional Data Appendix


[10] “Family Financing and Aggregate Manufacturing Productivity in Ghana” (with Gergely Ujhelyi)


[11] Job Search Through Weak and Strong Ties: Theory and Evidence from Indonesia (with Tolga Umut Kuzubas)

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Work in progress



“Dams in the United States”


“Postal Service Reform in Ghana”


“The interaction of the formal and informal sector in Ghana”