Welcome! I am a Senior Economist at the World Bank, conducting research in public economics and development economics, with a particular focus on taxes and firms.
I study the sources of the tax revenue gap between lower and higher-income countries, the determinants of taxpayers’ compliance decisions, and the optimal design of tax systems in a context of weak state capacity. The impact of technological change on tax systems, e.g. through electronic payment technology, is a common theme of my research.
I also work on other areas in development economics, such as the effect of unemployment on violent extremism, informal trade, and interlinked transactions in agriculture. My work draws on administrative and survey data, randomized field experiments and quasi-experimental methods.