I study health and development economics. My research is inspired by the belief that expenditures in health, food and clean air represent an investment in the most valuable resource we have, the people itself. Specifically, my current work has focused on looking into the implementation, the effectiveness and the mechanism of policies which can provide those basic needs. I am also interested in addressing econometric issues motivated by empirical work.
I am on the job market in 2019-20 and will be available for interviews at 2019 European Job Market and ASSA 2020 meeting.
Job market paper
Clearing the Smog: Monitors, Accountability and Pollution Reduction in China
with Sebastian Axbard
Despite an almost forty-fold increase in the number of environmental regulations during the past 50 years, environmental degradation is widespread across the globe. In this paper, we study whether better monitoring of the environment can improve the effectiveness of policy by holding government officials accountable. We focus on air pollution in China and investigate the impact of a nationwide monitoring program in which the number of monitors is determined by strict assignment criteria. Our main results show that an additional air-quality monitor reduced pollution by 2-3% as measured by satellite data and increased enforcement of environmental regulations by 20%. An investigation of the mechanism suggests that the impact of information on enforcement and policy outcomes depend crucially on both the incentives faced by the local officials and a sufficient insulation of the data from government influence.