Seminar & Conference Presentations
Awards & Honors
Research Interests: Credit; Informal
Insurance; Aspirations; Intra-household Bargaining ;Networks and Groups; Inequality; Mobility; Coercion.
Working Papers and Work in Progress:
Published and Forthcoming Papers:
- “Group Formation and Risk Pooling in a Field Experiment,” with Abigail Barr, Orazio Attanasio, Juan Camilo Cardenas and Costas Meghir, AEJ: Applied Economics, 4(2), 134-167 April 2012.
- “What Do Networks Do? The Role of Networks on Migration and 'Coyote' Use<,” with Sarah Dolfin, Review of Development Economics 14(2), pp 343-359, May 2010.
- “An Experimental Test of Risk-Sharing Without Commitment,” with Gary Charness, Economic Journal 119 April 2009, 796-825.
- “Risk Pooling, Commitment and Information: An Experimental Test,” with Abigail Barr, Journal of the European Economic Association 6(6): 1151-1185, December 2008.
- “Child Bonded Labor" entry for The World of Child Labor, Hugh Hindman ed., ME Sharpe, 2009.
- “Informal Insurance in Social Networks,” with Francis Bloch and Debraj Ray, Journal of Economic Theory� 143(1), 36-58, November 2008.
- “Reciprocity in Groups and the Limits to Social Capital,” with Francis Bloch and Debraj Ray, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May 2007.
- “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.
- “Investing in Conflict Management,” (+ Figures) with S. Skaperdas, Journal of Conflict Resolution 46 (1), February 2002.
- “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, 3eme trimestre 1997.
- Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, Cornell University, June 1999
- Master in Economics, Cornell University, June 1997
- Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Universite de Liege, Belgium, 1995
- Associate Professor, Georgetown University, 2007-present
- Assistant Professor, Georgetown University, 2003-2007
- Assistant Professor, University of California at Irvine, 1999-2003
- Visiting Assistant Professor in Economics, M.I.T., Spring 2007
- 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.
of Liege: Teaching Assistant for Intermediate Microeconomics
Springs 1994 and 1995; Teaching Assistant for Intermediate
Macroeconomics Fall 1995; Research Assistant for Economic History
- Program Evaluation (Undergraduate), Georgetown University, Springs 2012 and 2013.
- Intermediate Microeconomics (Undergraduate), Georgetown University, Fall 2011 and 2012, Spring 2013 and 2014.
Economics (Undergraduate), Georgetown University, Falls 2003, 2005,
2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012; Springs 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014.
- Development Economics (Graduate), Georgetown University, Fall 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012, Spring 2009.
- Tutorial in Development Economics, Spring 2008
- Foundations of Development Policy, MIT, Spring 2007
- Microeconomics: Workshop, Fall 2005 & Spring 2006
- Development Economics (MSFS), Georgetown University, Spring 2004, 2005 & 2006
- Decision under Risk & Uncertainty, (Undergraduate), UC-Irvine, Winter 2003
- Development Economics (Graduate), UC-Irvine, Winter 2003
- Economic Analysis of Development- advanced (MPA), Woodrow Wilson School: Spring 2002
- Economic Analysis of Development (basic) (MPA), Woodrow Wilson School: Spring 2002
- Economics of Development, (undergraduate), Princeton University, Fall 2001
- Contract Theory (graduate), UC-Irvine, Spring 2000 & Winter 2001
- Development Economics (undergraduate), UC-Irvine, Spring 2000, Winter 2001 & 2003
- Honors Intermediate Microeconomics (undergraduate), UC-Irvine, Fall 1999 & 2000
- Intermediate Microeconomics (undergraduate), UC-Irvine, Fall 2000
Seminars & Conference Presentations
Invited Seminars at the Department of Economics of
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
Aut�noma de Barcelona, Essex University, Georgetown University, the
IDB, the department of agricultural economics at the University of
Maryland, the Center for Global Development, Edinburgh University,
George Washington University, Boston University, MIT, Georgetown
University, the World Bank, University of Maryland, George Mason
University, the World Bank - Social Protection & Labor, the
University of Washington in St Louis, Bocconi University, IIES at
Stokholm University, Minneapolis Federal Reserve, Yale University, IFPRI, Michigan State University, American University.
Invited Conference presentations:
- 7th International Conference on Migration and Development Oxford University, June 2014.
- “Barriers to Development: The Interplay between External Constraints and Individual Preferences,” Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), May 2014.
- ThRed Conference, Oslo, June 2013
- Conference on Networks, Cambridge University, December 2012
- CIDE-ThReD conference, Mexico, October 2012
- Mini-conference on Networks, Brown University, May 2012
- Theory and Empirics of Risk-Sharing; Toulouse, October 2009
- Microfoundations of Development Conference at LSE, May 29-30 2009
- Conference on Development Theory; El Colegio de Mexico, December 2008
- LAMES/LACEA meetings, Rio de Janero, November 2008.
- Inequality and Development; workshop, University of Namur, May 2007.
- ASSA meetings, Chicago, January 2007.
- European Summer Symposium in Economic Theory Gerzensee, July 2006.
- Third Mini-conference in Development, CIRPEE, Qu�bec City, February 2006.
- SED conference, Budapest, June 2005
- ASSA meetings, Philadelphia, January 2005
- Networks, Behaviour and Poverty Workshop, Oxford University, December 2004.
- Second Mini-conference in Development, CIRPEE / UQAM Montr�al, February 2004.
- SITE summer institute, Stanford University, June 2003.
Meeting of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ), Bari, July 2013
Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, Dartmouth University, November 2012.
Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, Yale University, November 2011.
Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, Boston University, November 2008.
Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, Cornell University, September 2006.
2005 World Congress of the Econometrics Society, London, August 2005.
Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, HEC University, Montr�al, 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, College Park, 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 Journal of Development Economics 2010-2013.
- Associate Editor for the Berkeley Electronic Journal for Theoretical Economics 2006-.
- National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Development Economics Program, Research Associate.
- Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Fellow.
- Theoretical Research in Development Economics (ThRed), Associate.
- Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, Affiliate 2004-2013
- Organizer, Formal and
Informal Institutions to Cope with Risk and Credit in Developing
Countries; University of California at Irvine, February 9-10, 2001.
- Member of the American Economic Association.
- Referee for the NSF, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Earhart Foundation and Blackwell Publishing
for the American Economic Review, American Journal of Agricultural
Economics, Econometrica, Economic Development and Cultural Change,
Economic Journal, Economica, Economics and Politics, Economics of
Governance, International Economic Review, Journal of African Studies,
Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Development Economics,
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic
Theory, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Population
Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of the European
Economic Association, Public Choice, the Quarterly Journal of
Economics, Rand Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Dynamics,
Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics,
Theoretical Economics, the World Bank Economic Review, and World
Development. Excellence in Refereeing Award, American Economic Review (for 2013).
Grants, Awards and Honor
Russell Sage Foundation Grant “Measuring Upward Mobility” July 2012.
Competitive Grant-in-Aid, Georgetown University, Spring 2008 and Fall 2009.
International Collaborative Research Grant, Georgetown University, June 2004 and 2006.
Junior Faculty Research Fellowship, Georgetown University, Fall 2004.
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: Research and Writing Grant, 2002/03.
Sage Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University, 1994/95 and 1998/99.
Distinction for 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,” Li�ge, 1995.
“Highest Honors and Congratulation from the Jury” for B.A. in Economics at the University of Li�ge.