Selected Working Papers and Data
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- External Validity in a
Stochastic World: Evidence from Low Income Countries, with Mark
Rosenzweig, July 2017.
- Impact of savings groups on the lives of the
poor Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Early
Edition: March 7, 2017 with Dean Karlan,
Beniamino Savonitto, Bram Thuysbaert
Community-Based Development Empower Citizens? Evidence from a Randomized
Evaluation in Ghana, with Ernest Appiah, Kate Baldwin and Dean Karlan,
October 2016. (Data)
- Selection into
Credit Markets: Evidence from Agriculture in Mali, with Lori Beaman,
Dean Karlan and Bram Thuysbaert,
- A Multifacited
Program Causes Lasting Progress for the Poor: Evidence from Six Countries,
with Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Nathanael Goldberg, Dean Karlan, Robert Osei, William Parienté,
Jeremy Shapiro, Bram Thuysbaert. Science.
Vol. 348 no. 6236. 15 May 2015.
- Consulting and Capital
Experiments with Micro and Small Tailoring Enterprises in Ghana, with
Dean Karlan and Ryan Knight, forthcoming, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Earlier version
Win, Expected to Lose: Theory and Lessons on Micro Enterprise Development”.
- Forecasting Profitability,
with Mark Rosenzweig, June 2014.
- Agricultural Decisions
after Relaxing Credit and Risk Constraints, with Dean Karlan, Robert
Osei and Isaac Osei-Akoto. Quarterly
Journal of Economics. 129(2), May 2014.
Forecasts, Weather and Wages over the Agricultural Production Cycle,
with Mark Rosenzweig. American
Economic Review Papers and Proceedings.104(5), May 2014.
- Profitability of Fertilizer: Experimental
Evidence from Female Rice Farmers in Mali, American Economic Review
Papers and Proceedings, May 2013.
Tenure, in Ernest Aryeetey, Shantayanan Devarajan and
Ravi Kanbur, eds. The Oxford Companion to the Economics of Africa, 2011
- Power Point
presentation for "The Teaching of Africa", July 2011.
Duflo, 2010 John Bates Clark Medalist, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Summer 2011
- Crop Price
Indemnified Loans for Farmers: A Pilot Experiment in Rural Ghana, with
Dean Karlan, Ed Kutsoati
and Margaret McMillan. March 2011, Journal of Risk and Insurance. Data. Survey instruments.
Economics of Agriculture in Africa: Notes on a Research Program. Forthcoming, African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Property Rights: Land Banks in Ghana, with Ernest Aryeetey. American Economic Review Papers and
Proceedings, May 2010.
- Learning About a
New Technology: Pineapple in Ghana, with Tim Conley. American
Economic Review, March 2010.
- Networks, Local Institutions
and Agriculture in Africa: Notes Toward a Research Program, July 2009.
Profits of Power: Land Rights and Agricultural Investment in Ghana,
with Markus Goldstein. Journal of Political Economy,
- Households and the
Social Organization of Consumption in Southern Ghana, with Hyungi Woo. African Studies Review, 2007.
- The Return
to Capital in Ghana, with Santosh Anagol, February 2006, AER Papers
Unequal Economic Opportunities: A Case Study of Land Tenure in Ghana,
with Markus Goldstein. Development
Outreach, February 2006.
and Development: A View from Below, in Advances in Economics and Econometrics 2006, Blundell, Newey
and Persson, eds., with Rohini
Smoothing? Livestock, Insurance and Drought in Rural Burkina Faso, Journal of Development Economics,
2006 with Harounan Kazianga.
Financial Markets in Developing Countries, Handbook
of Agricultural Economics, 2007, with Jonathan Conning.
Resource Allocation in Côte d'Ivoire: Social Norms, Separate Accounts and
Consumption Choices, December 2004, with Esther Duflo.
- Child Labor, in
Banerjee, Benabou and Mookherjee,
eds. Understanding Poverty,
Networks in Ghana, May 2004 (Economic Growth Center
Working Paper no. 888), with Tim Conley.
- Slides from
“Mixing Methods” talk
Economic Theory and Research on Institutions in Developing Countries,
January 2003. A somewhat less
terse version that ignores the AER Papers and Proceedings
- Social Learning
Through Networks: The Adoption of New Agricultural Technologies in Ghana,
November 2000, with Tim
Conley. Forthcoming, American
Journal of Agricultural Economics.
- Informal notes on
households, firms and networks in Africa, April, 2000.
- Gender and Land
Resource Management in Southern Ghana, September 1999 with Markus
Innovation and Resource Management in Ghana with Markus Goldstein . September
1999. Here are the landscape figures
and the portrat figures.
contains reproductions of the survey instruments, and the schedule of
their administration. The survey is still ongoing, but we'll be adding the
raw data to this
site as quickly as possible.
Microeconomics, a graduate textbook I've written with Pranab Bardhan.
- Efficiency and
Market Structure: Testing for Profit Maximization in African Agriculture,
- Gender, Agricultural
Productivity and the Theory of the Household, Journal of Political
Economy, 1996 (104/5).
- Drought and Saving in
West Africa: Are Livestock a Buffer Stock?, with Marcel
Fafchamps and Katie Czukas.
1997, Journal of Development Economics.
- Risk and Saving in
Northern Nigeria, American Economic Review, January 1996.
- Recent Advances in
Empirical Microeconomic Research in Poor Countries,Journal of Economic Education, Winter
- The Characteristics of
Informal Financial Markets in Africa, with Ernest
Aryeetey, Journal of African Economies 1997 (6/1) .
- Documentation for
the Northern Nigeria Rural Credit Survey. This is data that I
collected in 1988-89 near Zaria,
Northern Nigeria. One relevant reference
is Udry, "Risk and Insurance in a Rural Credit Market: An Empirical Investigation
in Northern Nigeria." Review of
Economic Studies, 61, 1994. You can download the data.
If you do download the data, I ask that you send
me e-mail to let me know. I would also like to receive copies of any
papers written using these data. The data are also available at the ICPSR as study
- Estimation of Type 3 Tobit
Models using Symmetric Trimming and Pairwise Comparisons, with Bo Honoré
Kyriazidou , This paper is available at the Journal
of Econometrics web site.
- Archives of the Ghana
survey questionnaires and associated documents. Partially modified
to US format. In
original wp format. In original word