Working Papers

In-Kind Transfers as Insurance (November 2023)
Conditionally accepted, American Economic Review (with Lucie Gadenne, Sam Norris, and Sandip Sukhtankar)

Misallocation in Firm Production: A Nonparametric Analysis Using Procurement Lotteries (November 2023)
Revise and resubmit, American Economic Review (with Paul Carrillo, Dave Donaldson, and Dina Pomeranz)

The Form of Transfers: In-kind, Cash, or Vouchers? (September 2023)
Invited for the Handbook on Social Protection (with Lucie Gadenne)


Ghosting the Tax Authority: Fake Firms and Tax Fraud in Ecuador
American Economic Review: Insights, 5(4): 427–444, 2023 [lead article] (with Paul Carrillo, Dave Donaldson, and Dina Pomeranz)

Social Policy Instruments and the Compliance Environment
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 192: 246-267, 2021 (with Judd B. Kessler and Corinne Low)

Dodging the Taxman: Firm Misreporting and Limits to Enforcement
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 9(2): 144-64, 2017 (with Paul Carrillo and Dina Pomeranz)

Tax Morale
Journal of Economic Perspectives, 28(4):149-168, Fall 2014 (with Erzo F.P. Luttmer)

Decentralization in Developing Economies
Annual Review of Economics, 6:581-604, August 2014 (with Lucie Gadenne)

The Rise of the States: U.S. Fiscal Decentralization in the Postwar Period
Journal of Public Economics, 96(11-12):1079-1091, December 2012 (with Katherine Baicker and Jeffrey Clemens)

Informal Taxation
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 3(4):1-28, October 2011 [lead article] (with Ben Olken)
Appendices      Data

Culture, Context, and the Taste for Redistribution
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 3(1):157-79, February 2011 (with Erzo F.P. Luttmer)
Economist article   Appendix     Data

Tax Incentives for Affordable Housing: The Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Tax Policy and the Economy, 24:181-205, August 2010 (with Mihir Desai and Dhammika Dharmapala)

Early-life Malaria Exposure and Adult Outcomes: Evidence from Malaria Eradication in India
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2(2):72-94, April 2010 (with David Cutler, Winnie Fung, Michael Kremer, and Tom Vogl)
Appendix    Data
(Note: This is a revised version of “Mosquitoes: The Long-term Effects of Malaria Eradication in India”)

Special Interest Groups and the Allocation of Public Funds
Journal of Public Economics, 92(3-4):548-564, April 2008.

Family Composition and Marginal Tax Rates: An Identification Strategy for Estimating Intertemporal Labor Supply Substitution
National Tax Association Proceedings, 2004 (with Adam Looney)

Older Papers

Quantifying Preferences for Redistribution (June 2021)

The Effect of Anticipated Tax Changes on Intertemporal Labor Supply and the Realization of Taxable Income
(with Adam Looney)