Welcome to my homepage. I am a Postdoctoral Research Economist at the London School of Economics, at the Centre for Economic Performance, where I am part of a programme of research on Urbanisation in AfricaI received my DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford in 2015, where I am a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of African Economies. 

I am on the job market in 2018/2019 and will be available for interviews at the 2018 EEA European Job Market in Naples and the 2019 ASSA Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

My research interests include Development, Labour, and Urban Economics. 

See my google scholar profile here.

Read my research statement here

Job Market Paper: 

Can the state improve the lives of slum dwellers by supplying formal housing otherwise not provided by the market? Or will state-built housing, priced at the cost of production, be beyond the willingness to pay of poor households or built in the wrong location? To answer these questions, I study a lottery for large-scale government housing in Ethiopia. Winners of the lottery are sold apartments on the outskirts of the city. They then have the choice to move in or rent out these units. By moving in they pay a high implicit price in forgone rent determined by the market, which I find to exceed the cost to the state of providing the housing. I find that nearly half of lottery winners trade slum housing in the city centre for improved housing on the outskirts of cities. In addition, they make upgrades to their apartments, adding a number of amenities that they did not enjoy in their slum housing and did not come with government housing. I argue that this reveals unmet demand for improved housing and suggests that informal housing is a sub-optimal outcome for a large proportion of slum-dwellers in this setting. Moving to sites far from the city centre does not negatively affect labour supply or earnings. Although social lives are less vibrant in the new housing estates, lottery winners report significant reductions in conflict with neighbours and increased willingness to contribute to public goods.
Coverage: The Guardian.