Papers & Publications

Selected recent working papers and publications

2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

2013 and forthcoming

Large Increases in Spending on Postacute Care in Medicare Point to the Potential for Cost Savings in These Settings
Amitabh Chandra (with Maurice Dalton and Jonathan Holmes)
Health Affairs 32(5): 864-872

Dishonesty and Selection into Public Service
Rema Hanna (with Shing-Yi Wang)
Working paper

Does Elite Capture Matter? Local Elites and Targeted Welfare Programs in Indonesia
Rema Hanna (with Vivi Alatas, Abhijit Banerjee, Benjamin A. Olken, Ririn Purnamasari, and Matthew Wai-Poi)
CID Working Paper #255

Report Cards: The Impact of Providing School and Child Test Scores on Educational Markets
Asim Khwaja (with Tahir Andrabi and Jishnu Das)
Working paper

Screening Peers Softly: Inferring the Quality of Small Borrowers
Asim Khwaja (with Rajkamal Iyer, Erzo Luttmer, and Kelly Shue)
Working paper

Students Today, Teachers Tomorrow: Identifying Constraints on the Provision of Education
Asim Khwaja (with Tahir Andrabi and Jishnu Das)
Journal of Public Economics, forthcoming

The Effects of "Girl-Friendly" Schools: Evidence from the BRIGHT School Construction Program in Burkina Faso
Dan Levy (with Harounan Kazianga, Leigh Linden, and Matt Sloan)
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, forthcoming

Does the Classic Microfinance Model Discourage Entrepreneurship Among the Poor? Experimental Evidence from India (Online Appendix)
Rohini Pande (with Erica Field, John Papp, and Natalia Rigol)
American Economic Review 103(6): 2196-2226

The Economic Returns to Social Interaction: Experimental Evidence from Microfinance (Online Appendix)
Rohini Pande (with Ben Feigenberg and Erica Field)
Review of Economic Studies, forthcoming

Truth-telling by Third-party Auditors and the Response of Polluting Firms: Experimental Evidence from India
Rohini Pande (with Esther Duflo, Michael Greenstone, and Nicholas Ryan)
Quarterly Journal of Economics 128(4), October 2013

What Does Reputation Buy? Differentiation in a Market for Third-party Auditors
Rohini Pande (with Esther Duflo, Michael Greenstone, and Nicholas Ryan)
American Economic Review 103(3): 314-319

The Rise of the States: U.S. Fiscal Decentralization in the Postwar Period
Monica Singhal (with Katherine Baicker and Jeffrey Clemens)
Journal of Public Economics 96(11-12): 1079-1091

Does Religion Affect Economic Growth and Happiness? Evidence from Ramadan
David Yanagizawa-Drott (with Felipe Campante)
Working paper

Government Distortion in Independently Owned Media: Evidence from U.S. Cold War News Coverage of Human Rights
David Yanagizawa-Drott (with Nancy Qian)
Working paper

The Market for (Fake) Antimalarial Medicine: Evidence from Uganda
David Yanagizawa-Drott (with Martina Björkman-Nyqvist and Jakob Svensson)
Working paper

Do Political Protests Matter? Evidence from the Tea Party Movement (Online Appendix)
David Yanagizawa-Drott (with Andreas Madestam, Daniel Shoag and Stan Veuger)
Quarterly Journal of Economics 128(4)

Propaganda vs. Education: A Case Study of Hate Radio in Rwanda
David Yanagizawa-Drott
Oxford Handbook of Propaganda Studies, 2013

2012

Markers and Drivers: Cardiovascular Health of Middle Age and Older Indians
Amitabh Chandra (with Jinkook Lee, P. Arokiasamy, Peifeng Hu, Jenny Liu, and Kevin Feeney)
Aging in Asia: Findings from New and Emerging Data Initiatives, National Academies Committee on Population

Saving Money or Just Saving Lives? Improving the Productivity of U.S. Health Care Spending
Amitabh Chandra (with Katherine Baicker and Jonathan Skinner)
Annual Review of Economics 4(1): 33-56

Technology Growth and Expenditure Growth in Healthcare
Amitabh Chandra (with Jonathan Skinner)
Journal of Economic Literature 50(3): 645-680

Corruption
Rema Hanna (with Abhijit Banerjee and Sendhil Mullainathan)
Handbook of Organizational Economics, R. Gibbons & J. Roberts (Eds.), Princeton University Press

Discrimination in Grading
Rema Hanna (with Leigh Linden)
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 4(4): 146-168

Does the Effect of Pollution on Infant Mortality Differ Between Developing and Developed Countries? Evidence from Mexico City
Rema Hanna (with Eva Arceo and Paulina Olivia)
CID Working Paper #244, NBER Working Paper #18349

Incentives Work: Getting Teachers to Come to School
Rema Hanna (with Esther Duflo and Stephen Ryan)
American Economic Review, 102(4): 1241-1278

Learning Through Noticing: Theory and Experimental Evidence in Farming
Rema Hanna (with Sendhil Mullainathan and Josh Schwartstein)
CID Working Paper #245

Network Structure and the Aggregation of Information: Theory and Evidence from Indonesia
Rema Hanna (with Vivi Alatas, Abhijit Banerjee, Arun G. Chandrasekhar and Benjamin A. Olken)
CID Working Paper #246

Ordeal Mechanisms in Targeting: Theory and Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia
Rema Hanna (with Vivi Alatas, Abhijit Banerjee, Benjamin A. Olken, Ririn Purnamasari, and Matthew Wai-Poi)
CID Working Paper #254

Targeting the Poor: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia
Rema Hanna (with Vivi Alatas, Abhijit Banerjee, Benjamin A. Olken, and Julia Tobias)
American Economic Review 102(4): 1206-1240

Up in Smoke: The Influence of Household Behavior on the Long-Run Impact of Improved Cooking Stoves
Rema Hanna (with Esther Duflo and Michael Greenstone)
CID Working Paper #241, NBER Working Paper #18033

What Did You Do All Day? Maternal Education and Child Outcomes
Asim Khwaja (with Tahir Andrabi and Jishnu Das)
Journal of Human Resources 47(4): 873-912

Corruption in Developing Countries
Rohini Pande (with Benjamin A. Olken)
Annual Review of Economics, 4: 479-509

Female Leadership Raises Aspirations and Educational Attainment for Girls: A Policy Experiment in India
Rohini Pande (with Lori Beaman, Esther Duflo, and Petia Topolava)
Science 335(6068): 582-586

Just Rewards? Local Politics and Public Resource Allocation in South India
Rohini Pande (with Timothy Besley and Vijayendra Rao)
World Bank Economic Review 26(2): 191-216

Repayment Flexibility Can Reduce Financial Stress: A Randomized Control Trial with Microfinance Clients in India
Rohini Pande (with Erica Field, John Papp, and Y. Jeanette Park)
PLoS ONE 7(9): e45679

Agent-Based Modeling of the Effects of Social Norms on Enrollment in Payments for Ecosystem Services
Ryan Sheely (with Xiaodong Chen, Frank Lupi, Li An, Andrés Viña, and Jianguo Liu)
Ecological Modeling 229: 16-24

Propaganda and Conflict: Theory and Evidence from the Rwandan Genocide
David Yanagizawa-Drott
Working paper

2011

The Pragmatist's Guide to Comparative Effectiveness Research
Amitabh Chandra (with Anupam Jena and Jonathan Skinner)
Journal of Economic Perspectives 25(2): 27-46

The Effect of Pollution on Labor Supply: Evidence From a Natural Experiment in Mexico City
Rema Hanna (with Paulina Oliva)
CID Working Paper #225, NBER Working Paper #17302

Environmental Regulations, Air and Water Pollution, and Infant Mortality in India
Rema Hanna (with Michael Greenstone)
CID Working Paper #224, NBER Working Paper #17210

Bank Credit and Business Networks
Asim Khwaja (with Atif Mian and Abid Qamar)
Harvard Kennedy School Working Paper

Rent Seeking and Corruption in Financial Markets
Asim Khwaja (with Atif Mian)
Annual Review of Economics 3(1): 579-600

Can Informed Voters Enforce Better Governance? Experiments in Low Income Democracies
Rohini Pande
Annual Review of Economics 3(1): 215-237

Do Value-Added Estimates Add Value? Accounting for Learning Dynamics
Asim Khwaja (with Tahir Andrabi, Jishnu Das, and Tristan Zajonc)
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 3(3): 29-54

Improving Human Health Through a Market-Friendly Emissions Scheme
Rohini Pande (with Michael Greenstone, Aparna Krishnan, Nicholas Ryan, and Anant Sudarshan)
Seminar Volume for International Seminar on Global Environment and Disaster Management: Law and Society

Culture, Context, and the Taste for Redistribution (Online Appendix)
Monica Singhal (with Erzo F.P. Luttmer)
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 3(1): 157-179

Informal Taxation (Appendices)
Monica Singhal (with Benjamin A. Olken)
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 3(4): 1-28

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2010

Patient Cost-Sharing and Hospitalization Offsets in the Elderly
Amitabh Chandra (with Jonathan Gruber and Robin McKnight)
American Economic Review 100(1): 193-213

Patient Cost-Sharing in Low Income Populations
Amitabh Chandra (with Jonathan Gruber and Robin McKnight)
American Economic Review 100(2): 303-308

Affirmative Action: Evidence from College Admissions in India
Rema Hanna (with Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan)
Journal of Public Economics 94(1-2): 16-29

The Impact of Inspections on Plant-Level Air Emissions
Rema Hanna (with Paulina Oliva)
BE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy 10(1)

Dollars Dollars Everywhere, Nor Any Dime to Lend: Credit Limit Constraints on Financial Sector Absorptive Capacity
Asim Khwaja (with Atif Mian and Bilal Zia)
Review of Financial Studies 23(12): 4281-4323

Evaluation of Jamaica's PATH Conditional Cash Transfer Programme
Dan Levy (with Jim Ohls)
Journal of Development Effectiveness 2(4): 421-441

Do Traditional Institutions Constrain Female Entrepreneurship? A Field Experiment on Business Training in India
Rohini Pande (with Erica Field and Seema Jayachandran)
American Economic Review 100(2): 125-129

Towards an Emissions Trading Scheme for Air Pollutants in India
Rohini Pande (with Esther Duflo, Michael Greenstone, and Nicholas Ryan)
Discussion Paper, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India

Early-life Malaria Exposure and Adult Outcomes: Evidence from Malaria Eradication in India (Online Appendix)
Monica Singhal (with David Cutler, Winnie Fung, Michael Kremer, and Tom Vogl)
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 2(2): 72-94

2009

Can Good Projects Succeed in Bad Communities?
Asim Khwaja
Journal of Public Economics 93(7): 899-916

The Impact of the Hajj: Religion and Tolerance in Islam's Global Gathering
Asim Khwaja (with David Clingingsmith and Michael Kremer)
Quarterly Journal of Economics 124(3): 1133-1170

Toward Closing the Evaluation Gap: Lessons from Three Recent Evaluations of Social Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean
Dan Levy (with Lorenzo Moreno, Larissa Campuzano, and Randall Blair)
Well-being and Social Policy 5(2): 1-23

Parochial Politics: Ethnic Preferences and Politician Corruption
Rohini Pande (with Abhijit Banerjee)
Faculty Research Working Papers Series, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Powerful Women: Does Exposure Reduce Bias? (Online Appendix)
Rohini Pande (with Lori Beaman, Raghabendra Chattopadhyay, Esther Duflo, and Petia Topalova)
Quarterly Journal of Economics 124(4): 1497-1540

Getting Prices Right: The Impact of the Market Information Service in Uganda
David Yanagizawa-Drott (with Jakob Svensson)
Journal of the European Economic Association 7(2-3): 435-445

Social Capital vs. Institutions in the Growth Process
David Yanagizawa-Drott (with Pelle Ahlerup and Ola Olsson)
European Journal of Political Economy 25(1): 1-14

The Strategic Determinants of U.S. Human Rights Reporting: Evidence from the Cold War
David Yanagizawa-Drott (with Nancy Qian)
Journal of the European Economic Association P&P 7(2-3):446-457

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2008

A Dime a Day: The Possibilities and Limits of Private Schooling in Pakistan
Asim Khwaja (with Tahir Andrabi and Jishnu Das)
Comparative Education Review 52(3): 329-355

Learning and Educational Achievements in Punjab Schools (LEAPS): Insights to Inform the Education Policy Debate
Asim Khwaja (with Tahir Andrabi, Jishnu Das, Tara Vishwanath, and Tristan Zajonc)
Forthcoming, Oxford University Press

Tracing the Impact of Bank Liquidity Shocks: Evidence from an Emerging Market
Asim Khwaja (with Atif Mian)
American Economic Review 98(4): 1413-1442

Peer Effects and Alcohol Use among College Students
Dan Levy (with Michael Kremer)
Journal of Economic Perspectives 22(3): 189-206

Repayment Frequency and Default in Micro-Finance: Evidence from India
Rohini Pande (with Erica Field)
Journal of the European Economic Association 6(2-3): 501-509

Segregation, Rent Control, and Riots: The Economics of Religious Conflict in an Indian City
Rohini Pande (with Erica Field, Matthew Levinson, and Sujata Visaria)
American Economic Review 98(2): 505-510

2007

Productivity Spillovers in Healthcare: Evidence from the Treatment of Heart Attacks
Amitabh Chandra (with Douglas Staiger)
Journal of Political Economy 115: 103-140

Obtaining a Driving License in India: An Experimental Approach to Studying Corruption
Rema Hanna (with Marianne Bertrand, Simeon Djankov and Sendhil Mullainathan)
Quarterly Journal of Economics 122(4): 1639-1676

Coordinating Development: Can Income-based Incentive Schemes Eliminate Pareto Inferior Equilibria? (Appendix containing omitted results)
Rohini Pande (with Philip Bond)
Journal of Development Economics 83(2): 368-391

Dams
Rohini Pande (with Esther Duflo)
Quarterly Journal of Economics 122(2): 601-646

Understanding Political Corruption in Low Income Countries
Rohini Pande
Handbook of Development Economics, Vol 4, T. Schultz & J. Strauss (Eds.), Elsevier North Holland

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