My research aims to improve poverty, health and education in Africa by studying policies and interventions via randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and natural experiments.

Working Papers

Double-Booked: Effects of Overlap between School and Farming Calendars on Education and Child Labor,” IFPRI Discussion Paper 2235, Washington, DC: International Food Policy Research Institute, January 2024


Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Correcting Perceived Social Distancing Norms to Combat COVID-19”, (with Arlete Mahumane, James Riddell IV, Tanya Rosenblat, Dean Yang, and Hang Yu), Economic Development and Cultural Change, forthcoming. 

Knowledge, Stigma, and HIV Testing: An Analysis of a Widespread HIV/AIDS Program,” (with Arlete Mahumane, James Riddell IV, Dean Yang, and Hang Yu), Journal of Development Economics, 2023.

"Teaching and Incentives: Substitutes or Complements?" (with Arlete Mahumane, James Riddell IV, Tanya Rosenblat, Dean Yang, and Hang Yu), Economics of Education Review, 2022. 

Other Publications:

"The Demography of the Labor Force in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Opportunities," (with David Lam and Murray Leibbrandt), GLM|LIC Synthesis Paper No. 10, November 2019.

Works in Progress

Impact Evaluation of Egypt’s Forsa Graduation Program” (with Daniel Gilligan, Sikandra Kurdi, Nada Shokry, and Basma Yassa).

The Economics of Health Decision-Making in Mozambique” (with Arlete Mahumane, James Riddell IV, Tanya Rosenblat, Dean Yang, and Hang Yu).

World Vision PARES Evaluation on Phase-Out of School-Feeding in Mozambique” (with Naureen Karachiwalla and Jordan Kyle).

Blood Taxes: The Development Effects of Military Conscription in Colonial French West Africa” (with Jon Denton-Schneider).

Pre-Doctoral Research

Select Publications from when I worked as Research Director for the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) at the University of Kentucky, 2012-2016:

Impacts of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) voucher program on food lifestyle behaviors: Evidence from an employer-sponsored pilot program”, (with Jairus Rossi, Timothy Woods), Sustainability, 9.9, 1543, August 2017. doi:10.3390/su9091543

"CSA shareholder food lifestyle behaviors: a comparison across consumer groups," (with Jairus Rossi, Timothy Woods and Alison Davis), Agriculture and Human Values, February 2017. doi:10.1007/s10460-017-9779-7.

Do community supported agriculture programmes encourage change to food lifestyle behaviours and health outcomes? New evidence from shareholders,” (with Jairus Rossi, Timothy Woods and Alison Davis), International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, May 2016. doi: 10.1080/14735903.2016.1177866.

Constructing a multi-dimensional measure of local entrepreneurial culture,” (with Nicole Breazeale, Michael W-P Fortunato, Ronald J. Hustedde, Helen Pushkarskaya), Community Development, 46:5, 516-540, October 2015. doi: 10.1080/15575330.2015.1080743.

Residents’ Willingness-to-Pay for Attributes for Rural Health Care Facilities,” (with Alison Davis, Wuyang Hu, Emmanuel Owusu-Amankwah), Journal of Rural Health, 31:1, 7-18, July 2014. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12080. 

Select Working Papers from when I studied Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University:

Determinants of Land Allocation in a Multi-Crop Farming System: An Application of the Fractional Multinomial Logit Model to Agricultural Households in Mali,” Master's Thesis and Working Paper, AgEcon Search, May 28, 2014.

Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Food Security Research, Capacity-Building, and Outreach,” (with Eric Crawford, Duncan Boughton, and John Staatz), Michigan State University, International Development Working Paper 101, October, 2009.