|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.
“Public Good Provision with Intermediaries,” with Francis Bloch, work in progress.
“Inequality and Risk-Sharing Arrangements,” working paper.
“Risk Pooling, Commitment and Information: An Experimental Test,” with Abigail Barr, working paper.
“Informal Insurance in Social Networks,” with Francis Bloch and Debraj Ray, working paper.
“An Experimental Test of Risk-Sharing Without Commitment,” with Gary Charness, working paper.
"What Do Networks Do? The Role of Networks on Migration and “Coyote” Use." with S. Dolphin, working paper.
Published and Forthcoming Papers:
“Reciprocity in Groups and the Limits to Social Capital,” with Francis Bloch and Debraj Ray, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, forthcoming.
“Contracts and Externalities: How Things Fall Apart,” with Debraj Ray, Journal of Economic Theory 131(1), pp 71-100, November 2006..
“Bargaining Power and Enforcement in Credit Markets” with Debraj Ray, Journal of Development Economics 79(2), pp 398-412, April 2006.
“Malnutrition and Child Labor,” Scandinavian Journal of Economics 107 (1), pp 83-102, March 2005.
“Informal Insurance, Enforcement Constraints, and Group Formation,” with Debraj Ray, in Group Formation in Economics: Networks, Clubs, and Coalitions, edited by Gabrielle Demange and Myrna Wooders, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2005.
“Endogenous Group Formation in Risk-Sharing Arrangements,” with Debraj Ray, Review of Economic Studies 70 (1), January 2003. For a conjecture related to the paper, click here. For robustness checks of Example 2, click here.
“Demand Elasticities for Health Service Providers in Tanzania,” with D. Sahn and S. Younger, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 65(2), pp 241-260, May 2003
“Bonded Labor and Serfdom: A Paradox of Voluntary Choice,” Journal of Development Economics 67 (1), 101-127, February 2002.
“Minimum Wage Laws and Unemployment Benefits when Labor Supply is a Household Decision,” with K. Basu and J.E. Stiglitz,in Markets and Government, Oxford University Press 2002.
“Unemployment and Wage Rigidities when Labor Supply is a Household Decision,” (+ Figures) with K. Basu and J.E. Stiglitz, World Bank working paper, 1999.
“Foreign Direct Investment Incentive Competition: A Theoretical Framework,” World Bank, 1997.
“Equivalence Scales and Family Allowances,” with F. Foidart and P. Pestieau, Cahiers Economiques de Bruxelles 155, 3ème trimestre 1997.
Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, Cornell University, June 1999
Master in Economics, Cornell University, June 1997
Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Université de Liège, Belgium, 1995
TeachingAssistant Professor, Georgetown University, 2003-presentAssistant Professor, University of California at Irvine, 1999-2003Visiting Assistant Professor in Economics, University College London, Spring 2003Visiting Assistant Professor in Economics and International Affairs, Princeton University, 2001-2002Visiting Assistant Professor in Economics, New York University, Summer 2000 and 2002Cornell 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
Seminar & Conference PresentationMicroeconomics Workshop, Fall 2005 & Spring 2006Georgetown University: Development Economics (MSFS), Spring 2004, 2005 and 2006Georgetown University: Development Economics (Graduate), Fall 2003 and 2006Georgetown University: Development Economics (Undergraduate), Fall 2003, 2005 and 2006UC Irvine: Decision Under Risk & Uncertainty, (Undergraduate), Winter 2003UC Irvine: Development Economics (Graduate), Winter 2003Princeton University: WWS 562b & c: Economic Analysis of Development (basic and advanced), Spring 2002Princeton University: Undergraduate Development Economics, Fall 2001UC Irvine: Undergraduate Development Economics, Spring 2000, Winter 2001 & Winter 2003UC Irvine: Graduate Contract Theory, Spring 2000 & Winter 2001UC Irvine: Intermediate Microeconomics, Falls 1999 and 2000UC Irvine: Honors Intermediate Microeconomics, Falls 1999 and 2000
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 2005Third Mini-conference in Development, CIRPÉE / LAVAL Quebec City, February 2006.Networks, Behaviour and Poverty Workshop,
, December 2004. Oxford UniversitySecond Mini-conference in Development, CIRPÉE / UQAM Montréal, February 2004.SITE summer institute, , June 2003. Stanford University
ASSA meetings, Chicago , January 2007.
Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, Cornell
, September 2006. University
World Congress of the Econometric Society, London, August 2005
ASSA meetings, Philadelphia , January 2005.
Northeastern Universities Development Consortium,
, Montréal, October 2004. HEC University
Annual Meetings of the Society for Economic Dynamics,
Firenze, July 2004
Northeastern Universities Development Consortium,
, October 2003. Yale University
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
Grants, Awards and Honor
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.
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, 2002/03Sage Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University, 1994/95 and 1998/99Distinction for both Qualifying Examinations in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics at Cornell UniversityALDLG 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.