Associate Professor and Associate Director
Economics Program
School of Public Policy

334 Bexell Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon
Phone: (541) 737-6628

Research Interests:

Development Economics
Labor Economics
Economics of Education

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Website

My current work focuses on education reform in the Gambia, youth unemployment in South Africa, and the effect of Mexican immigration on labor markets in the U.S.


"Entrepreneurship Education and Teacher Training in Rwanda" (with Moussa Blimpo), Journal of Development Economics, 2021. (IZA Discussion Paper version)

"Improving Access and Quality in Early Childhood Development Programs: Experimental Evidence from The Gambia" (with Moussa Blimpo, Pedro Carneiro, and Pamela Jervis), Economic Development and Cultural Change, forthcoming. (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 8737, IZA Discussion Paper No. 12163)

"The Influence of Hidden Researcher Decisions in Applied Microeconomics" (with Nick Huntington‐Klein, Andreu Arenas, Emily Beam, Marco Bertoni, Jeffrey R. Bloem, Pralhad Burli, Naibin Chen, Paul Grieco, Godwin Ekpe, Martin Saavedra, Yaniv Stopnitzky). Economic Inquiry, 2021. (IZA Discussion Paper version)

"Entrepreneurship Education and Teacher Training in Rwanda" (with Moussa Blimpo), Journal of Development Economics (Stage 1 Registered Report), 2019.

"Financial Constraints and Girls' Secondary Education: Evidence from School Fee Elimination in The Gambia" (with Moussa Blimpo and Ousman Gajigo). World Bank Economic Review, 2019. (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series version)

“Tropical Storms and Mortality Under Climate Change." World Development, 2019. (IZA Discussion Paper version)

Press coverage: Mongabay, Pacific Standard

“Teacher Pay and Student Performance: Evidence from the Gambian Hardship Allowance” (with Elizabeth Schroeder). Journal of Development Effectiveness, 2018. (IZA Discussion Paper version)

"Nudging Study Habits: A Field Experiment on Peer Tutoring in Higher Education" (with Nicholas Wilson). Economics of Education Review, 2018. (GLO Discussion Paper version, IZA Discussion Paper version)

"Bumpy Rides: School to Work Transitions in South Africa." Labour, 2018. (IZA Discussion Paper version) (Web appendix)

"U.S. Border Enforcement and Mexican Immigrant Location Choice" (with Sarah Bohn). Demography, October 2015 (IZA Discussion Paper version)

Press coverage: Arizona Republic (editorial), Phoenix NPR, BYU Radio

“Prospective Analysis of a Wage Subsidy for Cape Town Youth” (with James Levinsohn). Journal of Development Economics, May 2014 (NBER Working Paper version; final version)

“Safety Valve or Sinkhole? Vocational Schooling in South Africa”. IZA Journal of Labor and Development, 2014

“Incentives for Teacher Relocation: Evidence from the Gambian Hardship Allowance” (with Elizabeth Schroeder). Economics of Education Review, August 2014 (IZA Discussion Paper version) (5-minute audio version)


“Nudging Demand for Academic Support Services: Experimental and Structural Evidence from Higher Education” (with Nicholas Wilson), IZA Discussion Paper No. 13732.

"Promoting Female Interest in Economics: Limits to Nudges" (with Elizabeth Schroeder), IZA Discussion Paper No. 13489.

"Teacher Labor Markets in Developing Countries" (with Lee Crawfurd), IZA Discussion Paper No. 12985.


"Can interactive online training make high school students more entrepreneurial? Experimental evidence from Rwanda" (with Jeanne Lafortune, José Tessada, and Diego Ubfal)

"Study More Tomorrow" (with Liz Schroeder and Nicholas Wilson)

"Entrepreneurship Education and Teacher Training in Rwanda: Long-term Evidence" (with Moussa Blimpo)


"Is teacher certification a useful tool for developing countries?" IZA World of Labor, 2017 (associated commentary, June 2019).