I’m a Lecturer (Assistant professor) at the University of Sydney’s School of Economics. Before moving to Australia, I worked at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
My research draws on insights from behavioral economics and employs econometrics, field-, and lab-in-the-field experiments to examine a variety of topics in development economics.
I also think a lot about heterogeneity: how it shapes the success and optimal design of public policy, and how heterogeneous returns affect individual decision-making.
PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2015
University of California, Davis
BA in Economics, 2006
Things that I am grateful for
Our paper “Learning by (Virtually) Doing: Experimentation and Belief Updating in Smallholder Agriculture” is accepted at JEBO!
The Australian’s 2020 Special Report on Research listed me as Field Leader in Development Economics! 😊
My co-authored paper “Money Matters: the Role of Income and Yields in Agricultural Technology Adoption” received the 2020 Outstanding AJAE article award!
NSF and PEDL have recently funded my joint project (with Laura Schechter and Maya Duru) “Market-Level Effects of Competition in Agricultural Input Markets: Prices, Quality, and Mechanisms”
If you can’t access a paywalled article, feel free to email me. I can almost always share a pre-print version.
Working papers ⤵️
Learning by (Virtually) Doing: Experimentation and Belief Updating in Smallholder Agriculture
with Travis Lybbert, Rachel Hernández Frattarola, and Juan Sebastian Correa
(Accepted at JEBO)
Can Smallholder Extension Transform African Agriculture?
with Joshua Deutschmann, Maya Duru and Kim Siegal
NBER Working Paper No. 26054
Filling a Niche: the Maize Productivity Impacts of
Adaptive Breeding by a Local Seed Company in Kenya
with Samuel Bird, Michael Carter, Travis Lybbert, Mary Mathenge and Tim Njagi
Media and Motivation: the Effect of
Performance Pay on Writers and Content
with Ivan Balbuzanov and Jared Gars
A Group Random Coefficient Approach to Modeling Heterogeneity in Technology Adoption
with Oscar Barriga Cabanillas, Dalia Ghanem, Travis Lybbert, Jeffrey D. Michler, and Aleksander Michuda
Learning from Others in Heterogeneous Environments
Seeds of Uncertainty: Information, Subjective Expectations, and Technology Adoption
with Jared Gars
Sometimes I am bad at email…
Please feel free to nudge me if I have not replied within a week
(and sooner if it is important!)