Research fields: Economics of Corruption, Development Economics; Experimental and Behavioral Economics, Gender and Economics.
Teaching fields: Experimental and Behavioral Economics, Development Economics; Economics of Corruption, Intermediate Microeconomics, Behavioral Development Economics (PhD).
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· Some of my thoughts and research on corruption have appeared in The Atlantic. Read the piece “Does corruption happen slowly or all at once?”
New Advances in Experimental Research on Corruption, edited with Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University), Emerald Group Publishing, June 2012.
PUBLISHED and FORTHCOMING ARTICLES
“Motivating Whistleblowers” with J. Butler (UC Merced) and G. Spagnolo (SITE, Stockholm School of Economics). Accepted for publication at Management Science. REVISED August 2018: PDF.
“Is more competition always better? An experimental study of extortionary corruption”, with D. Ryvkin (FSU). Economic Inquiry, forthcoming. PDF.
“Corruption, Social Judgment and Culture: An Experiment”, with T. Salmon (SMU). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 142: 64-78, 2017. PDF.
“I paid a bribe: An experiment on information sharing and extortionary corruption”, with D. Ryvkin (FSU) and James Tremewan (U of Vienna). European Economic Review, 94: 1-22, 2017 (lead article). PDF
“Participatory accountability and collective action: Experimental evidence from Albania”, with A. Barr (U of Nottingham) and T. Packard (The World Bank). European Economic Review, 68: 250–269, 2014. PDF
“Intermediaries in corruption: An experiment”, with M. Drugov (Carlos III de Madrid) and J. Hamman (FSU). Experimental Economics, 17(1): 78-99, 2014. PDF.
· Winner of the Editor’s prize for the best paper published in Experimental Economics in the year 2014.
“Combining top-down and bottom-up accountability: Evidence from a bribery experiment”. Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, 28(3): 569-587, August 2012. Online advance access here.
“Anti-corruption Policies: Lessons from the Lab”, with K. Abbink. In D. Serra and L. Wantchekon (eds.) New Advances in Experimental Research on Corruption, Research In Experimental Economics Volume 15, Bingly: Emerald Group Publishing, June 2012.
“Intrinsic motivations and the non-profit health sector: Evidence from Ethiopia”, with P. Serneels (UEA) and A. Barr (U of Nottingham) Personality and Individual Differences, 51(3): 309-314. PDF.
“Corruption and Culture: An experimental Analysis”, with A. Barr (U of Nottingham), Journal of Public Economics, 94, Issues 11-12, December 2010. PDF .
“The effects of externalities and framing on bribery in a petty corruption experiment”, with A. Barr (U of Nottingham), Experimental Economics, 12 (4): 488-503, 2009. PDF.
Discovering the Real World –Health Workers’ Career Choices and Early Work Experience in Ethiopia, with P. Serneels (UEA) and M. Lindelow (World Bank), The World Bank, Washington DC.
“Empirical Determinants of Corruption: A sensitivity Analysis,” Public Choice 126 (1-2), 225-256, 2006. PDF.
WORKING PAPERS AND WORK IN PROGRESS
· ON GENDER
“Gender Differences in the Choice of Major: The Importance of Female Role Models” with C. Porter (Heriot-Watt). New draft: July 2018. PDF . R&R at American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.
We report results from a field experiment aimed at increasing the percentage of women majoring in economics by exposing students enrolled in principles of economics classes to carefully chosen career women who majored in economics -- our female role models.
· Read a summary of the study: SMU Press release.
· Watch a short video of me talking about the study.
“Gender differences in top leadership roles: Does worker backlash matter?” with P. Chakraborty (SMU). NEW SMU Working Paper. Updated: February 2019. PDF
Top leadership positions involve the necessity of making decisions, like promotions, demotions and dismissals, which please some employees and upset others. Backlash from unhappy employees may therefore arise. We examine whether the anticipation of such backlash induces women, more than men, to select out of top leadership roles and to perform differently when/if they become leaders. We conduct a novel laboratory experiment that simulates corporate decision-making. We find that women are significantly less likely to self-select into a managerial position when facing the possibility of receiving angry messages from employees. However, once in a leadership role, women perform no differently than men and are unaffected by the possibility of worker backlash. We also find that male and female managers have different leadership styles, i.e. they motivate their employees differently, and that female managers receive significantly more angry messages from employees.
“Influencing educational aspirations of primary school students in Somalia through role models” (working title), with Elijah Kipkech Kipchumba (Save the Children), Catherine Porter (Heriot-Watt University) and Munshi Sulaiman (Save the Children). In the field.
“Women’s circles: Testing the impact of female support groups on goal achievements” (working title), with Alessandra Cassar (University of San Francisco) and Linc Gasking (Women Without Borders). Design Stage.
· ON CORRUPTION, ACCOUNTABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT
“Health Workers’ Behavior, Patient Reporting and Reputational Concerns: Lab-in-the-Field Experimental Evidence from Kenya”, with I. Mbiti (U of Virginia). IZA working paper, February 2018. PDF. R&R at Experimental Economics.
Instructions of the lab-in-the-field experiment here.
We use lab-in-the-field experiments to examine the effectiveness of accountability systems that rely on patient reporting in Kenyan health clinics.
“Corrupt Police” with K. Abbink (Monash University) and D. Ryvkin (FSU). September 2018. PDF.
We employ laboratory experiments to examine the effects of corrupt law enforcement on crime within a society. In the second study, we test the effectiveness of two reward mechanisms aimed at reducing police corruption, both of which are based on society-wide police performance measures and not on the observation/monitoring of individual officers.
“An impact evaluation of Fundo de Apoio Social in Angola,” with Vincenzo Di Maio (World Bank), Stefan Leeffers (Nova University of Lisbon) and Pedro Vicente (Nova University of Lisbon). In the field.
“How identity, norms and narratives can be used to reduce corruption in Police Service (traffic police) in Ghana,”,with Oana Borcan (U of East Anglia), Stefan Dercon (University of Oxford) and Donna Harris (University of Oxford). In the field.
“Supply Chain Corruption: A Field Experiment” (working title), with Utteeyo Dasgupta (Wagner College), Subha Mani (Fordham University), Marcello Puca (University of Bergamo) and Krista Saral (Webster University Geneva). Design Stage.
Updated January 2019