I am an economist interested in development economics, political economy, and public economics.
My primary research agenda explores the determinants of state capacity and tax capacity in particular. My second agenda focuses on the origins of social ties (especially kinship) and their effects on development. My field work is based in the D.R. Congo, where I help manage a non-profit survey organization called Odeka.
I received my Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government (Economics Track) from Harvard University in 2021. My dissertation received the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from the National Tax Association.
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