Research Education Positions Held Teaching Seminar & Conference Presentations Professional Memberships Awards & Honors


Research Interests: Informal Insurance, Safety Net, Risk-sharing Networks; Group formation; Inequality; Labor and credit contracts; Coercion.

Working Papers:

Published and Forthcoming Papers:

Education Positions Held
Assistant Professor, Georgetown University, 2003-present
Assistant Professor, University of California at Irvine, 1999-2003
Visiting Assistant Professor in Economics, University College London, Spring 2003
Visiting Assistant Professor in Economics and International Affairs, Princeton University, 2001-2002
Visiting Assistant Professor in Economics, New York University, Summer 2000 and 2002
Cornell Food and Nutrition Policy Program (C.F.N.P.P.) 1996-98: Research Assistant.
World Bank  1997: Summer Intern, to study incentive competition among countries for Foreign Direct Investments.
Central Bank of Belgium, Operations in Foreign Currencies  1996: Summer Intern.
University of Liege: Teaching Assistant for Intermediate Microeconomics  Springs 1994 and 1995; Teaching Assistant for Intermediate Macroeconomics  Fall 1995; Research Assistant for Economic History Fall 1994

Microeconomics Workshop, Fall 2005 & Spring 2006
Georgetown University: Development Economics (MSFS), Spring 2004, 2005 and 2006
Georgetown University: Development Economics (Graduate), Fall 2003 and 2006
Georgetown University: Development Economics (Undergraduate), Fall 2003, 2005 and 2006
UC Irvine: Decision Under Risk & Uncertainty, (Undergraduate), Winter 2003

UC Irvine: Development Economics (Graduate), Winter 2003
Princeton University: WWS 562b & c: Economic Analysis of Development (basic and advanced), Spring 2002
Princeton University: Undergraduate Development Economics, Fall 2001
UC Irvine: Undergraduate Development Economics, Spring 2000, Winter 2001 &  Winter 2003
UC Irvine: Graduate Contract Theory, Spring 2000 & Winter 2001
UC Irvine: Intermediate Microeconomics, Falls 1999 and 2000
UC Irvine: Honors Intermediate Microeconomics, Falls 1999 and 2000
Seminar & Conference Presentation

Invited Seminars at the Department of Economics of

Cornell University, ITAM, University of Montreal, Concordia University, University of Quebec in Montreal, the Tinbergen Institute, the research group of the World Bank, Southern Methodist University, University of Toronto, University of Southern California, Delta/Inra (Paris), University of Chicago, Princeton University, University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Berkeley, Cornell University, Institute of Advanced Study, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ECARE (Brussels), Caltech University, Georgetown University, Penn State University, Cornell University, Oxford University, ZEI (Bonn), Yale University, World Bank, Princeton University, Boston University, George Washington University, Ohio State University, University of Virginia, London School of Economics/University College London, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Essex University, IDB, University of Maryland (agricultural economics), the Center for Global Development.

Invited Conference presentations:

European Summer Symposium in Economic Theory Gerzensee, July  2006.

Annual Meetings of the Society for Economic Dynamics, Budapest, June 2005

Third Mini-conference in Development, CIRPÉE / LAVAL Quebec City, February 2006.
Networks, Behaviour and Poverty Workshop, Oxford University, December 2004. 
Second Mini-conference in Development, CIRPÉE / UQAM Montréal, February 2004.
SITE summer institute, Stanford University, June 2003.

Conference presentations:

ASSA meetings, Chicago , January 2007.

Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, Cornell University, September 2006.

World Congress of the Econometric Society, London, August 2005

ASSA meetings, Philadelphia , January 2005.

Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, HEC University, Montréal, October 2004.

Annual Meetings of the Society for Economic Dynamics, Firenze, July 2004

Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, Yale University, October 2003.

South West Economic Theory Conference, UCLA, March 2003.

Annual Meetings of the Society for Economic Dynamics, New York University, June 2002

North American Summer Meetings of the Econometric Society, June 2001.

Development Conference on Formal and Informal Credit, Savings and Insurance Markets in Developing Countries, UC-Irvine, February 2001

Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, Cornell University, October 2000

2000 World Congress of the Econometrics Society, Seattle, August 2000

XII World Congress of the International Economic Association, Buenos Aires, August 1999

XVII Latin American Meeting of the Econometric Society, Cancun, August 1999

Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, Yale University, November 1998

Professional Membership and Activities

Associate Editor for the Berkeley Electronic Journal for Theoretical Economics 2006-

Affiliated with the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis and Development (BREAD), Washington DC 2004-2009.

Member of the American Economic Association and the Econometric Society

Affiliated Faculty with UCI Center for Global Peace & Conflict Studies (CGPACS), UCI Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD), UCI International Studies, and board member of the Center of Decision Analysis, 2001-2003 .

Member of UCI Center for Decision Analysis, 2003.

Organizer, "Formal and Informal Institutions to Cope with Risk and Credit in Developing Countries,” University of California at Irvine, February 9-10, 2001.

Referee for the American Economic Review, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, the Earhart Foundation, the Economic Journal, Economics and Politics, Economics of Governance, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of African Studies, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of Economic Theory, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Population Economics, the National Science Foundation, the Review of Economic Dynamics, the Review of Economic Studies, the World Bank Economic Review and World Development.

Grants, Awards and Honor
Junior Faculty Research Fellowship, Georgetown University, Fall 2004.
International Collaborative Research Grant, Georgetown University, June 2004 and 2006.
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: Research and Writing Grant, 2002/03
Sage Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University, 1994/95 and 1998/99
Distinction for both Qualifying Examinations in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics at Cornell University
ALDLG Prize 1995 for undergraduate thesis “Fertility, Welfare and Family Policy.”
Royal Academia Award for Economic Policy 1996 for undergraduate thesis “Fertility, Welfare and Family Policy,” Liège, 1995.
“Highest Honors and Congratulation from the Jury” for B.A. in Economics at the University of Liège.