I’m an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. I’m a development economist and much of my work utilizes randomized experiments, machine learning and economic theory to improve our understanding of which policies work best in improving the lives of the poor. My work covers several topics including access to finance, private sector development, labor markets, international trade and transport frictions.
I am also the co-Scientific Director of the J-PAL Middle East North Africa office based at the American University in Cairo. I’ve worked on randomized experiments in the Philippines, India, Nigeria and Georgia, but the majority of my work has been in the Middle East.