Working Papers

Working Papers

CDEP-CGEG Working Papers are sponsored jointly by the Center for Development Economics and Policy (CDEP) and the Center on Global Economic Governance (CGEG), and are circulated to promote discussion and comment. They represent the views of their authors and not the official views of CDEP or CGEG.

September 01, 2022
Land Rental Markets: Experimental Evidence from Kenya
Co-Authors: Michelle Acampora, Lorenzo Casaburi, and Jack Willis


August 01, 2022
Bank Presence and Health
Author: Kim Fe Cramer


July 30, 2022
Behavioral Messages and Debt Repayment
Co-Authors: Giorgia Barboni, Juan Camil Cardenas, Nicolas de Roux


July 27, 2022
Protest Matters: The Effects of Protests on Economic Redistribution
Author: Belinda Archibong


April 01, 2022
How important are beliefs about gender differences in math ability? Transmission across generations and impacts on child outcomes
Co-Authors: Alex Eble and Feng Hu


February 01, 2022
When bootstraps aren't enough: Demand, supply, and learning in a very low-income context
Co-Authors: Alex Eble and Maya Escueta


September 21, 2021
Converging to Convergence
Co-Authors: Michael Kremer, Jack Willis, Yang You


August 01, 2021
North-South Displacement Effects of Environmental Regulation: The Case of Battery Recycling
Co-Authors: Shinsuke Tanaka, Kensuke Teshima, and Eric Verhoogen


August 01, 2021
Natural Resource Wealth and Crime: The Role of International Price Shocks and Public Policy
Co-Authors: Sebastian Axbard, Anja Benshaul-Tolonen, Jonas Poulsen


June 01, 2021
Sanitary products, absenteeism and psychosocial well-being: Evidence from a three-arm cluster randomized controlled feasibility study in Western Kenya
Co-Authors: Anja Benshaul-Tolonen, Garazi Zulaika, Elizabeth Nyothach, Clifford Odour, Linda Mason, David Obor, Kelly T. Alexander, Kayla F. Laserson, Penelope A. Phillips-Howard


May 01, 2021
Labor Market Power in Developing Countries: Evidence from Colombian Plant
Co-Authors: Francesco Amodio and Nicolas de Roux 


April 01, 2021
Forgone Investment: Civil Conflict and Agricultural Credit in Colombia
Co-Authors: Francesco Amodio and Nicolas de Roux


January 01, 2021
'We Are Not Guinea Pigs': The Effects of Negative News on Vaccine Compliance
Co-Authors: Belinda Archibong and Francis Annan


January 01, 2021
The Value of Communication for Mental Health
Co-Authors: Francis Annan and Belinda Archibong


December 01, 2020
Estimating Production Functions in Differentiated-Product Industries with Quantity Information and External Instruments
Co-Authors: Nicolas de Roux, Marcela Eslava, Santiago Franco, and Eric Verhoogen


December 01, 2020
Down the River: Glyphosate Use in Agriculture and Birth Outcomes of Surrounding Populations
Co-Authors: Mateus Dias, Rudi Rocha, and Rodrigo R. Soares


August 01, 2020
Pull Up a Chair: Municipal Council Size and Local Taxes in Brazil
Co-Authors: Evan Plous Kresch, Rodrigo Schneider, Henrique Veras de Paiva Fonseca, & Meredith Walker


June 01, 2020
Prison Labor: The Price of Prisons and the Lasting Effects of Incarceratio
Co-Authors: Belinda Archibong and Nonso Obiliki


June 01, 2020
The cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness of providing menstrual cups and sanitary pads to schoolgirls in rural Kenya
Co-Authors: Masih A Babagoli, Anja Benshaul-Tolonen, Garazi Zulaika, Elizabeth Nyothach, Clifford Oduor, David Obor, Linda Mason, Emily Kerubo, Isaac Ngere, Kayla F. Laserson, Rhiannon Tudor Edwards, Penelope A Phillips-Howard


June 01, 2020
The Story of a Hurricane: Local Government, NGOs, and Post-Disaster Assistance
Co-Authors: Ben Fitch-Fleischmann and Evan Plous Kresch 


June 01, 2020
The Epidemic Effect: Epidemics, Institutions, and Human Capital Development
Co-Authors: Belinda ArchibongFrancis Annan, and Uche Ekhator-Mobayode


May 01, 2020
Does Identity Affect Labor Supply
Author: Suanna Oh


March 01, 2020
Period Teasing, Stigma, and Knowledge: A Survey of Adolescent Boys and Girls in Northern Tanzania
Co-Authors: Anja Benshaul-Tolonen, Sandra Aguilar-Gomez, Naomi Heller Batzer, Rebecca Cai, Elias Charles Nyanza


March 01, 2020
Firm-Level Upgrading in Developing Countries
Author: Eric Verhoogen


February 01, 2020
Industrial Policy, Macroeconomics, and Structural Change
Co-Authors: Jose Antonio Ocampo, Oriana Bandiera, Michael Carlos Best, Adnan Qadir Khan, and Andrea Prat


January 01, 2020
The Allocation of Authority in Organizations: A Field Experiment with Bureaucrats
Co-Authors: Oriana Bandiera, Michael Carlos Best, Adnan Qadir Khan, and Andrea Prat


November 01, 2019
How Much Can We Remedy Very Low Learning Levels in Rural Parts of Low-income Countries? Impact and generalizability of a multi-pronged para-teacher intervention from a cluster-randomized trial in the Gambia
Co-Authors: Alex Eble, Chris Frost, Alpha Camara, Babourcarr Bouy, Momodou Bah, Maitri Sivaraman, Jenny Hsieh, Chitra Jayanty, Tony Brady, Piotr Gawron, Peter Boone, Diana Elbourne


August 23, 2019
Migrants, Information, and Working Conditions in Bangladeshi Garment Factories
Co-Authors: Laura Boudreau, Rachel Heath, and Tyler H. McCormick


August 01, 2019
Does Schooling Cause Structural Transformation
Co-Authors: Tommaso Porzio and Gabriella Santangelo


August 01, 2019
How Research Affects Policy: Experimental Evidence from 2,150 Brazilian Municipalities
Co-Authors: Jonas Hjort, Diana Moreira, Gautam Rao, and Juan Francisco Santini


March 01, 2019
Corruption Environment and Investment in Private Firms
Co-Authors: Jan Hanousek, Anastasiya Shamshur, Jan Svejnar, and Jiri Tresl


March 01, 2019
Pupil Absenteeism, Measurement, and Menstruation: Evidence from Western Kenya
Co-Authors: Anja Benshaul-Tolonen, Garazi Zulaika, Elizabeth Nyothach, Clifford Oduor, Linda Mason, David Obar, Kelly T. Alexander, Kayla F. Laserson, and Penelope A. Phillips-Howard


February 01, 2019
Down the River: Glyphosate Use in Agriculture and Birth Outcomes of Surrounding Populations
Co-Authors: Mateus Dias, Rudi Rocha, and Rodrigo R. Soares


January 01, 2019
Can Universalization of Health Work? Evidence from Health Systems Restructuring and Expansion in Brazil
Co-Authors: Sonia Bhalotra, Rudi Rocha, and Rodrigo R. Soares


December 01, 2018
From Local to Global: External Validity in a Fertility Natural Experiment
Co-Authors: Rajeev Dehejia, Cristian Pop-Eleches, Cyrus Samii


December 01, 2018
The Effect of Fertility on Mothers' Labor Supply over the Last Two Centuries
Co-Authors: Daniel Aaronson, Rajeev Dehejia, Andrew Jordan, Cristian Pop-Eleches, Cyrus Samii, and Karl Schulze


December 01, 2018
Exploring the wide dispersion in productivity among European firms
Co-Authors: Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Debora Revoltella, Jan Svejnar, and Christoph Weiss


November 01, 2018
Zombie Firms and Political Influence on Bank Lending in China
Author: Qiuying Qu


November 01, 2018
The Effect of Education on Mortality and Health: Evidence from Schooling Expansion in Romania
Co-Authors: Ofer Malamud, Andreea Mitrut, and Cristian Pop-Eleches


October 01, 2018
Within but Without: Involuntary Displacement and Economic Development
Author: Alice Tianbo Zhang


October 01, 2018
Parental Monitoring and Children's Internet Use: The Role of Information, Control, and Cues
Co-Authors: Francisco Gallego, Ofer Malamud, and Cristian Pop-Eleches


September 01, 2018
Exports and Wage Premia: Evidence from Mexican Employer-Employee Data
Co-Authors: Judith A. Frias, David S. Kaplan, Eric Verhoogen, and David Alfaro-Serrano


June 01, 2018
Expanding Global Liquidity Insurance: Myths and Realities of the IMF's Precautionary Credit Lines
Co-Authors: Nancy Birdsall, Liliana Rojas-Suarez, and Anna Diofasi


June 01, 2018
Hysteresis and the Welfare Effect of Corrective Policies: Theory and Evidence from An Energy-Saving Program
Co-Authors: Francisco Costa and Francois Gerard


May 01, 2018
Corporate Profit Taxes, Capital Expenditure and Real Wages: The analytics behind a contentious debate
Co-Authors: Willem H. Buiter and Anne C. Sibert


May 01, 2018
Endogenous Gender Norms: Evidence from Africa's Gold Mining Industry
Author: Anja Benshaul Tolonen


May 01, 2018
Are Rushed Privatizations Substandard: Analyzing Firm-level Privatization under Fiscal Pressure
Co-Authors: Jan Hagemejer, Jan Svejnar, and Joanna Tyrowicz


April 01, 2018
Local Industrial Shocks and Infant Morality
Author: Anja Benshaul Tolonen


April 01, 2018
Time vs. State in Insurance: Experimental Evidence from Contract Farming in Kenya
Co-Authors: Lorenzo Casaburi and Jack Willis


April 01, 2018
Schooling in Sickness and in Health: The Effects of Epidemic Disease on Gender Inequality
Co-Authors: Belinda Archibong and Francis Annan


April 01, 2018
Election by Community Consensus: Effects on Political Selection and Governance
Author: Ashna Arora


April 01, 2018
Negotiating a Better Future: How Interpersonal Skills Facilitate Inter-Generational Investment
Co-Authors: Nava Ashraf, Natalie Bau, Corinne Low, and Kathleen McGinn


April 01, 2018
Climate Change, Epidemics and Equality
Co-Authors: Belinda Archibong and Francis Annan


April 01, 2018
Competition and the Racial Wage Gap: Evidence from Brazil
Co-Authors: Guilherme Hirata and Rodrigo R. Soares


March 01, 2018
Resource Misallocation in European Firms: The Role of Constraints, Firm Characteristics and Managerial Decisions
Co-Authors: Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Debora Revoltella, Jan Svejnar, and Christoph T. Weiss


March 01, 2018
An Index of Regulatory Practices for Financial Inclusion in Latin America: Enablers, Promoters and Preventers
Co-Authors: Liliana Rojas-Suarez and Lucia Pacheco


February 01, 2018
Selection on Ability and the Early Career Growth in the Gender Wage Gap
Co-Authors: Eduardo Fraga, Gustavo Gonzaga, Rodrigo R. Soares


February 01, 2018
Vertical Integration, Supplier Behavior, and Quality Upgrading among Exporters
Co-Authors: Christopher Hansman, Jonas Hjort, Gianmarco Lion, and Matthieu Teachout


January 01, 2018
Individuals and Organizations as Sources of State Effectiveness
Co-Authors: Michael Carlos Best, Jonas Hjort, and David Szakonyi


January 01, 2018
The Effect of Dust Storms on Child Health in West Africa
Author: Timothy Foreman


January 01, 2018
Juvenile Crime and Anticipated Punishment
Author: Ashna Arora


January 01, 2018
A Research-Based Ranking of Public Policy Schools
Co-Authors: Elliott Ash and Miguel Urquiola


December 01, 2017
Child beliefs, societal beliefs, and teacher-student identity match
Co-Authors: Alex Eble and Feng Hu


December 01, 2017
Does primary school duration matter? Evaluating the consequences of a large Chinese policy experiment
Co-Authors: Alex Eble and Feng Hu


August 01, 2017
On the Quantity and Quality of Girls: New Evidence on Abortion, Fertility, and Parental Investments
Co-Authors: S Anukriti, Sonia Bhalotra, and Hiu Tam


August 01, 2017
Formal Sector Incentives and Informality
Co-Authors: Ama Baafra Abeberese and Ritam Chaurey


August 01, 2017
The Buck Stops Where? Federalism, Uncertainty, and Investment in the Brazilian Water and Sanitation Sector
Author: Evan Plous Kresch


August 01, 2017
The Selection and Causal Effects of Work Incentives on Labor Productivity: Evidence from a Two-stage Randomized Controlled Trial in Malawi
Co-Authors: Hyuncheol Bryant Kim, Seonghoon Kim, and Thomas T. Kim


March 01, 2017
The Fallacy of the Fiscal Theory of the Price Level - Once More
Author: Willem H. Buiter


March 01, 2017
Exchange Rate Implications of Border Tax Adjustment Neutrality
Author: Willem H. Buiter


February 01, 2017
Childhood Circumstances and Adult Outcomes: Act II
Co-Authors: Douglas Almond, Janet Currie, Valentina Duque


January 01, 2017
Economic Shocks and Crime: Evidence from the Brazilian Trade Liberalization
Co-Authors: Rafael Dix-Carneiro, Rodrigo R. Soares, and Gabriel Ulyssea


January 01, 2017
Disease and Gender Gaps in Human Capital Investment: Evidence from Niger's 1986 Meningitis Epidemic
Co-Authors: Belinda Archibong and Francis Annan


November 01, 2016
Social Origins of Dictatorships: Elite Networks and Political Transitions in Haiti
Co-Authors: Suresh Naidu, James A. Robinson, and Lauren E. Young


November 01, 2016
From Global Savings Glut to Financing Infrastructure
Co-Authors: Rabah Arezki, Patrick Bolton, Sanjay Peters, Frederic Samama, and Joseph Stiglitz


September 06, 2016
Dynamic Transparency: An Audit of Mexico's Freedom of Information Act
Co-Authors: Paul Lagunes and Oscar Pocasangre M.


September 01, 2016
The Arrival of Fast Internet and Skilled Job Creation in Africa
Co-Authors: Jonas Hjort and Jonas Poulsen


September 01, 2016
Organizational Barriers to Technology Adoption: Evidence from Soccer-Ball Producers in Pakistan
Co-Authors: David Atkin, Azam Chaudhry, Shamyla Chaudry, Amit K. Khandelwal, Eric Verhoogen


April 01, 2016
Effects of Labor Reallocations on Productivity and Inequality - Insights from Studies on Transition
Co-Authors: Joanna Tyrowicz, Lucas van der Velde and Jan Svejnar


March 01, 2016
Viewpoint: The Human Capital Approach to Inference
Author: W. Bentley MacLeod


March 01, 2016
The Performance of Elected Officials: Evidence from State Supreme Courts
Co-Authors: Elliott Ash and W. Bentley MacLeod


March 01, 2016
Where Local Kings Rule: Long-Term Impacts of Precolonial Institutions and Geography on Access to Public Infrastructure Services in Nigeria
Author: Belinda Archibong


March 01, 2016
Exporting and Firm Performance: Evidence from a Randomized Trial
Co-Authors: David Atkin, Amit K. Khandelwal, Adam Osman


March 01, 2016
Democracy Does Cause Growth
Co-Authors: Daron Acemoglu, Suresh Naidu, Pascual Restrepo, James A. Robinson


July 01, 2015
Does Foreign Entry Spur Innovation?
Co-Authors: Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Jan Svejnar, Katherine Terrell


March 01, 2015
Do Billionaires Help or Hurt the Economy?
Author: Jan Svejnar


February 01, 2015
Firms Response and the Unintended Consequences of Piecemeal Regulations
Co-Authors: Chrisopher Hansman, Jonas Hjort, Gianmarco Leon


December 08, 2014
When Does FDI Have Positive Spillovers: Evidence from 17 Transition Market Economies
Co-Authors: Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Jan Svejnar and Katherine Terrell


September 01, 2014
Location-Based Tax Incentives: Evidence from India
Author: Ritam Chaurey


May 01, 2014
Export Destinations and Input Prices
Co-Authors: Paulo Bastos, Joana Silva, Eric Verhoogen


March 01, 2014
Legal Corruption, Politically Connected Corporate Governance, and Firm Performance
Co-Authors: Polona Domadenik, Janez Prasniker, and Jan Svejnar


December 01, 2013
Incentive Pay and Performance: Insider Econometrics in a Multi-Unit Firm
Co-Authors: Hein Bogaard and Jan Svejnar


October 13, 2013
Land Reform and Sex Selection in China
Co-Authors: Douglas Almond, Hongbin Li and Shuang Zhang


October 01, 2013
Ethnic Divisions and Production in Firms
Author: Jonas Hjort


October 01, 2013
Self-Control at Work
Co-Authors: Supreet Kaur, Michael Kremer and Sendhil Mullainathan


October 01, 2013
Prices, Markups and Trade Reform
Co-Authors: Jan De Loecker, Pinelopi K. Goldberg, Amit K.Khandelwal and Nina Pavcnik


October 01, 2013
Nominal Wage Rigidity in Village Labor Markets
Author: Surpreet Kaur


October 01, 2013
Does Wealth Inequality Matter for Growth? The Effect of Billionaire Wealth, Income Distribution, and Poverty
Co-Authors: Sutirtha Bagchi and Jan Svejnar


October 01, 2013
Informal Labor and the Cost of Social Programs: Evidence from 15 Years of Unemployment Insurance in Brazil
Co-Authors: François Gerard and Gustavo Gonzaga