ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

“Human Capital Accumulation at Work: Estimates and Implications for Long-Run Economic Growth”, joint with Asif Islam, Paul Romer and Roberto Samaniego. Forthcoming in the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.

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Comparing Cities in Developed and Developing Countries: Population, Land Area, Building Height and Crowding”, joint with Prakash Loungani and Anthony Yezer. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2021, Volume 86, 103609.

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Cities of Workers, Children, or Seniors: Age Structure and Economic in a Global Cross-Section of Cities”, joint with Daniel Pereira and Mark Roberts. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2021, Volume 87, 103610.

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“Pandemics, Migration and Social Cohesion: Lessons from the Past for Policy Responses to COVID-19”, joint with Amjad Khan, Jason Russ & Esha Dilip Zaveri. 2021. , World Development, Volume 147.

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The Average and Heterogeneous Effects of Transportation Investments: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa 1960-2010”,  joint with Adam Storeygard (Tufts). Journal of the European Economic Association, 2021.

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“The Economics of Missionary Expansion: Evidence from Africa and Implications for Development”, joint with Felix Meier zu Selhausen and Alexander Moradi. Forthcoming in the Journal of Economic Growth, 2022.

“Christianization without Economic Development: Evidence from Ghana”, joint with Felix Meier zu Selhausen and Alexander Moradi. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. 2021.

The Effects of Historical Pandemics: The Black Death”, joint with Mark Koyama and Noel Johnson. Journal of Economic Literature, 2021.

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Medieval Cities Through the Lens of Urban Economic Theories”, with Mark Koyama (GMU) and Noel Johnson (GMU). Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2020, 103598. 

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"The Urban Mortality Transition and Poor Country Urbanization", with Dietrich Vollrath (University of Houston). American Economic Journal-Macroeconomics, 2019, American Economic Association, vol. 11(1), pp. 223-275.

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"Negative Shocks and Mass Persecutions: Evidence from the Black Death", with Mark Koyama (GMU) and Noel Johnson (GMU). Journal of Economic Growth, 2019, Springer, vol. 24(4), pages 345-395, December.

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"Economic and Political Factors in Infrastructure Investment: Evidence from Railroads and Roads in Africa 1960–2015", with Adam Storeygard (Tufts). Economic History of Developing Regions, 2019, 34:2, 156-208.

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"History, Path Dependence and Development: Evidence from Colonial Railroads, Settlers and Cities in Kenya", with Edward Kerby (LSE) and Alexander Moradi (Sussex), The Economic Journal, January 2017, 127: 1467-1494.

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"Demography, Urbanization and Development: Rural Push, Urban Pull... and Urban Push?", with Luc Christiaensen (World Bank) and Marina Gindelsky (GWU), Journal of Urban Economics, 2017, Elsevier, vol. 98(C), pages 6-16.

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"The Permanent Effects of Transportation Revolutions in Poor Countries: Evidence from Africa", with Alexander Moradi (Sussex), Review of Economics and Statistics, May 2016, Vol. 98, No. 2, Pages: 268-284.

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"Urbanization with and without Industrialization", with Douglas Gollin (University of Oxford) and Dietrich Vollrath (University of Houston), Journal of Economic Growth, March 2016, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 35–70.

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"The Value of Democracy: Evidence from Road Building in Kenya", with Robin Burgess (LSE), Edward Miguel (UC-Berkeley), Ameet Morjaria (Northwestern) and Gerard Padro-i-Miguel (LSE), American Economic Review, 2015, Vol. 105 (6): 1817-51.

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"Urbanization without Growth in Historical Perspective", with Dietrich Vollrath (University of Houston), Explorations in Economic History, October 2015, Volume 58, Pages 1–21

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"Commodity Price Shocks and Child Outcomes: The 1990 Cocoa Crisis in Cote d'Ivoire", with Denis Cogneau (PSE). Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2012. Vol. 60 (3): 507-534.

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