Recent Publications

Our Author(s):
(with Md. Nazmul Hassan) Using a unique panel dataset that includes linked data on migrants and origin households, we assess the impact of information asymmetries. Variation in travel times is used to generate variation in the cost of communication between migrants and origin households. However, because migration, as well as the destination, may be chosen with information asymmetries in mind, two sets of instrumental variables are employed: wages and migrant networks at potential destinations. Preliminary results suggest that both migrants and origin households face agency problems...
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(with Olga Kondratjeva) This paper uses data from the Living Standards Measurement Survey 1998 and 2005 from Nicaragua to identify the effect of borrowing behavior on children’s schooling. It examines how much schooling children obtain, when comparing children from borrowing and non-borrowing households and children from households with a male and a female borrower. Findings of the econometric analysis indicate that girls from non-borrowing households compared to girls from households with a female borrower and boys from non-borrowing households compared to boys from households with a male...
Our Author(s):
(with Mark M. Pitt) This paper describes the energy transition in Indonesia and examines the determinants of energy demand, by fuel. The key innovation of this paper is the documentation of how these relationships have evolved over time. We find that parameter change, defined as changes in the magnitude of the effect of parameters (e.g., income, demographic characteristics) on consumer demand, explains the large majority of changes in energy demand. Demographic change is found to play an important role in accelerating the energy transition, with parameter change magnifying this effect even...
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(with Katrina Kosec and Valerie Mueller) Migration is a known livelihood strategy for the rural poor. Research on mobility and its impact on household welfare is seldom investigated due to the omission of pertinent questions on standard household surveys. Furthermore, the framing of questions can lead to the computation of misleadingly, low migration rates and household well-being measures depending on the respondent, recall period, and inclusion of the absent migrant’s income. In 2013-4, 726 original households of the Pakistan Rural Household Panel Survey (1986-1991) were resurveyed. The...

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