I am Economist at the University of Oxford, affiliated with the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID), the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), the deparment of economics, and St Antony’s College.


Recent working papers:

Humanitarian Versus Development Aid for Refugees: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design (with Claire MacPherson, R&R Journal of Development Economics)

Cash Transfers and Micro-Enterprise Performance: Theory and Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Kenya (with Antonia Delius)

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)

Cash Transfers and Migration: Theory and Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial (with Jules Gazeaud and Eric Mvukiyehe)

Lives and Livelihoods: Estimates of the Global Mortality and Poverty Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic (with Benoit Decerf, Francisco Ferreira, and Daniel Mahler)

Soft and hard commitment devices to increase HIV testing (with Laura Derksen, Jason Kerwin, and Natalia Ordaz Reynoso). AEA RCT registry, extended abstract, slides


Recent publications:

Sterck, O. (2020). Fighting for Votes: Theory and Evidence on the Causes of Electoral Violence. Economica, 87(347), 844-883. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12321

Colombo, A., D’Aoust, O., & Sterck, O. (2019). From Rebellion to Electoral Violence: Evidence from Burundi. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 67(2), 333-368. https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.1086/697583

D’Aoust O., Sterck, O., Verwimp, P. (2018). Who Benefited from Burundi’s Demobilization Program?. The World Bank Economic Review, 32(2), 357-382. https://doi.org/10.1093/wber/lhw033

Collier, P., Sterck, O., (2018). The Moral and Fiscal Implications of Antiretroviral Therapies for HIV in Africa. Oxford Economic Papers, 70(2), 353-374 .  https://doi.org/10.1093/oep/gpy001

Le Polain, M., Sterck, O., Nyssens, M. (2018).  Interest Rate in Savings Groups: Thrift or Threat? World Development, 101, 162-172. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.09.001