Below is my academic research. Jump to my Policy writing, Projects, or Data. Also see my Google Scholar profile.
- Occupational choice in early industrializing societies: Experimental evidence on the income and health effects of industrial and entrepreneurial work, with Stefan Dercon (Under review)
- Do anti-poverty programs sway voters? Experimental Evidence from Uganda, with Mathilde Emeriau and Nathan Fiala (Under review)
- Generating employment in poor and fragile states: Evidence from labor market and entrepreneurship programs, with Laura Ralston
- “What can prediction teach us about violence? Machine learning applications in Indonesia and Colombia” with Samuel Bazzi, Robert Blair, Oeindrila Dube, Matthew Gudgeon, and Richard Peck
- “State building in the city: The effects of public security and services on crime, violence and state legitimacy” with Donald Green, Daniel Ortega, and Santiago Tobón
- “A market equilibrium approach to reduce the incidence of vote-buying: Evidence from Uganda” with Horacio Larreguy, Benjamin Marx, and Otis Reid
- Reducing crime and violence: Experimental evidence on cognitive behavioral therapy in Liberia, with Julian Jamison and Margaret Sheridan, American Economic Review 107(4): 1165-1206.
- Predicting local violence: Evidence from a panel survey in Liberia, with Robert Blair and Alexandra Hartman, Journal of Peace Research 54(2) 298–312.
- Can war foster cooperation? (2016) with Michael Bauer, Julie Chytilová, Edward Miguel, Joseph Henrich, and Tamar Mitts, Journal of Economic Perspectives 30(3): 249-74.
- Can employment reduce lawlessness and rebellion? A field experiment with high-risk men in a fragile state (2016) with Jeannie Annan, American Political Science Review 110(1): 1–17.
- The returns to microenterprise support among the ultra-poor: A field experiment in post-war Uganda (2016) with Eric Green, Julian Jamison, and Jeannie Annan, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 8(2): 35–64.
- Measuring the measurement error: A Method to Qualitatively Validate Sensitive Survey Data (2016) with Tricia Gonwa, Julian Jamison, Katherine Rodrigues, and Margaret Sheridan, Journal of Development Economics 120(1): 99–112.
- Surveys, data, and full replication materials available soon
- Does poverty alleviation decrease depression symptoms in post-conflict settings? A cluster-randomized trial of microenterprise assistance in northern Uganda (2016) with Eric Green, Julian Jamison, and Jeannie Annan, Global Mental Health 3.
- Women’s entrepreneurship and intimate partner violence: A cluster randomized trial of microenterprise assistance and partner participation in post-conflict Uganda (2015) with Eric Green, Julian Jamison, and Jeannie Annan, Social Science & Medicine 33: 177-188.
- Generating skilled self-employment in developing countries: Experimental evidence from Uganda (2014) with Nathan Fiala and Sebastian Martinez, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 129(2) 697-752.
- Economic Shocks and Conflict: The Evidence from Commodity Prices (2014), with Samuel Bazzi, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics 6(4).
- How to promote order and property rights under weak rule of law? An experiment in changing dispute resolution behavior through community education (2014), with Alexandra Hartman and Robert Blair, American Political Science Review 108(4).
- The Logic of Child Soldiering and Coercion (2013), with Bernd Beber, International Organization 67. (Winner of the Robert O. Keohane Award)
- Civil War, Gender and Reintegration in northern Uganda (2011), with Jeannie Annan, Dyan Mazurana, and Khristopher Carlson, Journal of Conflict Resolution
- The Consequences of Child Soldiering (2010), with Jeannie Annan, The Review of Economics and Statistics
- Civil War (2010), with Edward Miguel, The Journal of Economic Literature
- From Violence to Voting: War and Political Participation in Uganda (2009), The American Political Science Review
- Winners and Losers in the Commodity Lottery: The Impact of Terms of Trade Growth and Volatility in the Periphery, 1870-1939 (2007), with Jason Hwang and Jeffrey Williamson, Journal of Development Economics
Works in progress
- “Building institutions at the micro-level: Long-run evidence from a conflict resolution program in Liberia” with Alexandra Hartman and Robert Blair
- “The long run effects of industrial work on health: Experimental evidence from Ethiopia” with Stefan Dercon and Simon Franklin
- “The long run effects of grants to the poor: Experimental evidence nine years after an entrepreneurship program in Uganda” with Nathan Fiala and Sebastian Martinez
- “See no evil? The effects of surveillance and street lights on crime.” with Donald Green and Santiago Tobón
- “Gangs of Medellin” with Gustavo Duncan, Benjamin Lessing, and Santiago Tobon
Book chapters and review articles
- Children and War: How “Soft” Research Can Answer the Hard Questions in Political Science (2012), Review Essay, Perspectives on Politics
- Post-conflict Recovery in Africa: The Micro Level (2011), in The Oxford Companion to the Economics of Africa
- On the Nature and Causes of LRA abduction: What the Abductees Say (2010), with Jeannie Annan, The Lord’s Resistance Army: War, Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Uganda (Allen & Vlassenroot, eds.)
- Child Combatants in Northern Uganda: Reintegration Myths and Realities (2008), with Jeannie Annan, Security and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Dealing with Fighters in the Aftermath of War (Robert Muggah, ed.)
- Blog posts at the Washington Post Monkey Cage
- Worth Every Cent, To Help the Poor, Give Them Cash, Foreign Affairs, October 2015, with Paul Niehaus and Michael Faye
- Why Angus Deaton Deserved the Nobel Prize in Economics, Foreign Policy, October 2015
- Let Them Eat Cash, New York Times Op-Ed, June 2014
- Show Them the Money: Why Giving Cash Helps Alleviate Poverty, Foreign Affairs, May/June 2014, with Paul Niehaus.