My research studies employment and unemployment in developing countries, where labor markets are characterized by low formal sector employment, high levels of informal employment and entrepreneurship (which often exhibits low levels of productivity), and high levels of structural unemployment. My work has focused on three aspects of employment in this setting. The first is how the unemployed find work, and what aspects of job search may help or hurt different unemployed people. The second is what labor market policies influence labor demand, which affects the number of unemployed who will be able to find work. The third is understanding the factors which push firms and workers into long run success or back into unemployment.
Ph.D., Economics, Yale University
M.Phil, Economics, Yale University
M.A., Economics, Yale University
B.A. (with high honors), Economics, Michigan State University
“Minding Small Change Among Small Firms in Kenya” (with Lori Beaman and JonathanRobinson) (2014). Journal of Development Economics, vol 108. pp 69‐86.
“Can Minimum Wages Cause a Big Push? Evidence from Indonesia” (2013) Journal ofDevelopment Economics vol 100(1) pp 48‐62.
“Who gets the job referral? Evidence from a Social Networks Experiment” (with Lori Beaman) (2012), The American Economic Review, vol 102(7).pp 3574‐93.
“Learning from the Crowd: Regression Discontinuity Estimates of the Effects of an Online Review Database” (with Michael Anderson) (2012). The Economic Journal, vol 122(563).pp 957‐89.
“High Unemployment Yet Few Small Firms: The Role of Centralized Bargaining in South Africa” (2012) AEJ: Applied Economics, vol 4(3) pp 138‐66.