My research interests are at the intersection of development economics and public finance. My primary research focuses on how to increase tax revenue in states with low capacity. A second area of research explores how efforts to build state capacity, such as tax collection and land titling, shape citizens’ engagement with the government. Finally, a last area of research explores the long-run determinants of in-group preferences such as family and ethnic bias. My current field work is based in the D.R. Congo.