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Working Papers

Witchcraft Beliefs as a Cultural Legacy of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Evidence from Two Continents
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Capital-Skill Complementarity and the Emergence of Labor Emancipation
(with Quamrul Ashraf, Francesco Cinnirella, Oded Galor, and Erik Hornung)
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Measuring Regional Ethnolinguistic Diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Surveys vs. GIS
(with Diego Rivera)
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Research in Progress

Ethnicity, Religion, and Conflict: Evidence from African Regions
(with Diego Rivera)

Industrialization and Slavery in the Antebellum U.S. South
(with Quamrul Ashraf)

Reference-Point Formation, Inequality, and Social Polarization

Envy and Redistribution

Publications

Subnational Diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from a New Dataset (with Diego Rivera)
Journal of Development Economics, July 2018, 133, pp. 231–263.
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Banks, Market Organization, and Macroeconomic Performance: An Agent-Based Computational Analysis
(with Quamrul Ashraf and Peter Howitt)
Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, March 2017, 135, pp. 143–180.
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Witchcraft Beliefs and the Erosion of Social Capital: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa and Beyond
Journal of Development Economics, May 2016, 120, pp. 182–208.
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How Inflation Affects Macroeconomic Performance: An Agent-Based Computational Investigation
(with Quamrul Ashraf and Peter Howitt)
Macroeconomic Dynamics, March 2016, 20(2), pp. 558–581.
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The Economic Origins of the Evil Eye Belief
Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, February 2015, 110, pp. 119–144.
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The Two Sides of Envy
Journal of Economic Growth, December 2014, 19(4), pp. 407–438.
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Envy in the Process of Development: Implications for Social Relations and Conflict
Economics of Peace and Security Journal, October 2013, 8(2), pp. 13–19.
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Macroeconomics in a Self-Organizing Economy (with Quamrul Ashraf and Peter Howitt)
Revue de l'OFCE / Debates and policies, October 2012, 124, pp. 43–65.
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Book chapters

Long-Run Development and the New Cultural Economics
In Demographic Change and Long-Run Development. Edited by Matteo Cervelatti and Uwe Sunde.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017, Chapter 9, pp. 221–261.
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Publications in Russian

Income Inequality and Economic Growth: An Empirical Survey
Ekonomicheskaya Nauka Sovremennoi Rossii, July 2009, 2, pp. 91–104.

Income Inequality and Economic Growth: A Theoretical Survey
Ekonomika i Matematicheskie Metody, April 2009, 45(2), pp. 19–30.