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Causal inference:

“How Much Can We Generalize from Impact Evaluations?” (revise and resubmit at the Journal of the European Economics Association)

“The Trajectory of Specification Searching Across Disciplines and Methods” (revise and resubmit at the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics)

“How Much Can Impact Evaluations Inform Policy Decisions?” (under review)

“Extrapolating Treatment Functions” with Rajeev Dehejia, Cristian Pop-Eleches, and Cyrus Samii (in progress)

“Heterogeneous Treatment Effects in Impact Evaluation”
American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 105(5): 467–470.

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Basic income:

Y Combinator Research’s Basic Income Study with David Broockman, Sarah Miller, and Elizabeth Rhodes (in progress)

This is a large project in the U.S. that will test the impact of receiving $1,000/month, unconditionally, for 3 or 5 years. An older overview of the project can be found here. Researchers may contact privately for pre-analysis plans on any of the following topics (some of which may merge but which are currently envisaged as separate papers):

  • Employment, work quality, and job search
  • Time use
  • Income, expenditures, and financial health
  • Health outcomes
  • Cognitive outcomes
  • Material well-being
  • Subjective, psychological, and social well-being
  • Political and social attitudes
  • Children’s educational outcomes

Development economics:

“How Do Policymakers Update?” with Aidan Coville (in progress)

“Weighing Evidence: Which Attributes Matter?” with Aidan Coville (in progress)

“How Often Should We Believe Positive Results? Assessing the Credibility of Research Findings in Development Economics” with Aidan Coville (under review)

Blog post:

“Challenges in Changing Social Norms: Evidence from Interventions Targeting Child Marriage in Ethiopia” with Vinci Chow (under review)


Behavioral economics:

“The Price of Moral Values: Motivated Beliefs, Selective Search, and Food Consumption” with Josh Tasoff and Emiliano Huet-Vaughn (in progress)

“The Impact of New Products on Ethical Beliefs” with Bobbie Macdonald (revising)

“Effective Strategies for Overcoming the Naturalistic Heuristic: Experimental Evidence on Consumer Acceptance of ‘Clean’ Meat” with Bobbie Macdonald (revising)
Description of treatment arms


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