I am Associate Professor at the University of Antwerp and the University of Oxford. I am the Lead Economist of the Refugee Economies Programme, and affiliated with Institute of Development Policy (IOB) at the University of Antwerp, and the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID), the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), and the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford. I am also Maître de Conférence at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and invited researcher at J-PAL Europe.

Recent publications:

Cash Transfers and Migration: Theory and Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial, with Jules Gazeaud and Eric Mvukiyehe
Review of Economics and Statistics (2023), 105(1), 143-157.

The Freedom to Choose: Theory and Quasi-Experimental Evidence on Cash Transfer Restrictions.
with Jade Siu and Cory Rodgers
Journal of Development Economics (2023), 161, 103027.

Is Chinese aid different?
with Anke Hoeffler
World Development (2022) (replication files are here)

Empowering Refugees through Cash and Agriculture: A Regression Discontinuity Design
With Claire MacPherson
Journal of Development Economics (2021), 102614.

Lives and livelihoods: estimates of the global mortality and poverty effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
With Benoit Decerf, Fransisco Ferreira, and Daniel Mahler
World Development (2021), 146, 105561.

Recent working papers:

Cash Transfers and Micro-Enterprise Performance: Theory and Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Kenya, with Antonia Delius (R&R Journal of Development Economics)

With or Without Him? Experimental Evidence on Gender-Sensitive Cash Grants and Trainings in Tunisia, with Jules Gazeaud, Nausheen Khan, and Eric Mvukiyehe

Appointments: A More Effective Commitment Device for Health Behaviors, with Laura Derksen, Jason Kerwin, and Natalia Ordaz Reynoso.

Stars, wars, and development (associated replication files, ado files) (note: this paper is an extended version of the working paper On the economic importance of the causes of long-run growth)