I am primarily an empirical political economist with research interests in international finance, development, law, and political violence. To date, most of my research has centered on understanding how international capital flows affect governance. 



Conquest and Rents: Political Violence and Underdevelopment in Muslim Societies, under review

The Perils of International Capital. Cambridge University Press, 2020


Peer-reviewed articles

[12] "The Political Transfer Problem: How Cross-Border Financial Windfalls Affect Democracy and Civil War" (with Daniel Schwab and Eric Werker), Journal of Comparative Economics, forthcoming

[11] "Market Reactions to Sovereign Litigation" (with Laura Alfaro), Capital Markets Law Journal (special edition on sovereign debt), 12(2): 141-163, April 2017

[10] "Remittances and Incumbency", Economics and Politics, 29(1): 22-47, March 2017

[9] "Does foreign aid harm political rights?: Evidence from U.S. aid", Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 11(2): 118-217, July 2016

[8] "Aid and the Rise and Fall of Conflict in the Muslim World" (with Eric Werker), Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 10(2): 155-186, June 2015

[7] "Competitive Clientelism and Bangladesh’s Industrial Policy in the Ready-Made Garments Sector" (with Anne Greenleaf and Audrey Sacks), World Development, 56: 258-271, April 2014

[6] "Voting for the President: The Supreme Court during War" (with William Howell), Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 30(1): 39-71, March 2014

[5] "Remittances deteriorate governance", Review of Economics and Statistics, 95(4): 1166-1182, October 2013
[4] "The Perils of Unearned Foreign Income: Aid, remittances, and government survival", American Political Science Review, 106(1): 146-165, February 2012

[3] "Empires and Lawsuits: On the enforcement of sovereign debt in Latin America" (with Laura Alfaro and Noel Maurer), Law and Contemporary Problems, 73(4): 39-46, Fall 2010

[2] "How is Aid Spent?: Evidence from a Natural Experiment" (with Eric Werker and Charles Cohen), American Economic Journal – Macroeconomics, 1(2): 225-244, July 2009

              Reprinted in Geopolitics of Foreign Aid, ed. Helen Milner and Dustin Tingley. Northampton: Edward Elgar, 2013

[1] "What do non-governmental organizations do?" (with Eric Werker), Journal of Economic Perspectives, 22(2): 73-92, Spring 2008

Book chapters

[4] "Foreign aid and repression" in Lessons in Foreign Aid and Economic Development: Micro and Macro Perspectives, ed. Nabamita Dutt and Claudia Williamson. Palgrave MacMillan, 2020

[3] "The Political Economy of Unearned Foreign Income: An application to non-oil producing Muslim states", Palgrave Dictionary on Middle East Economics, 2018

[2] "The History and Future of International Trade" (with Christine McDaniel), Economic of Report of the President, 2006

[1] "The U.S. Capital Account Surplus" (with William Block), Economic of the Report of the President, 2006