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:

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)

Humanitarian Versus Development Aid for Refugees: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design (with Claire MacPherson)

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. (2019). Fighting for Votes: Theory and Evidence from Burundi. Economica. Online preview. 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

Sterck, O. (2018).  What Goes Wrong with the Allocation of Domestic and International Resources for HIV? Health Economics, 27(2), 320-332.  https://doi.org/10.1002/hec.3550