Broadly, my research interests encompass the political economy of development of Latin America and of sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, I study questions concerning crime, human capital, immigration, and policing under weak institutional settings.
I am advised by Thad Dunning.
Missionary Competition, Education, and Long-run Political Development: Evidence from Africa.
When the Right Taxes More: Partisanship, Alignment, and Local Tax Collection in Mexico.
Gangs, State Capacity, and Development: The Value of Law and Order.
The Difference a Job Makes: Evidence from the Dominican Republic.
Mass Incarceration and the Expansion of Gangs: Evidence from El Salvador.
The Returned: Repatriations, Elections, and Policy Polarization in El Salvador.
Violent Crime and Police Recruiting: Theory and Evidence from El Salvador.
Mass Deportations, Economic Networks, and Firm Productivity in Guatemala.