Publications and current research

Gender Differences in Stereotypes of Risk Preferences: Experimental Evidence from a Matrilineal and a Patrilineal Society, with A. Pondorfer and U. Schmidt, Management Science, forthcoming. [German summary]

The Effect of Labor Migration on the Diffusion of Democracy: Evidence from a Former Soviet Republic, with H. Rapoport, A. Steinmayr and C. Trebesch, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 9(3): 36-69, 2017. [AEA Chart of the Week] [English summary] [German summary]

Corrupt Governments Do Not Receive More State-to-State Aid: Governance and the Delivery of Foreign Aid through Non-State Actors, with M. Acht and R. Thiele, Journal of Development Economics, 114: 20-33, 2015. [English summary] [German summary]

The Drivers of Diaspora Donations for Development: Evidence from the Philippines, with V. Licuanan and A. Steinmayr, World Development, 65: 94-109, 2015.

The Employment Effects of Immigration: Evidence from the Mass Arrival of German Expellees in Post-War Germany, with S. Braun, Journal of Economic History, 74(1): 69-108, 2014. [German summary]

Does Prime-Age Mortality Reduce Per-Capita Household Income? Evidence from Rural Zambia, with R. Thiele, World Development, 45: 51-62, 2013.

The Economics of Human Trafficking and Labour Migration: Micro-Evidence from Eastern Europe, with C. Trebesch, Journal of Comparative Economics, 38(2): 173-188, 2010.

Is Corporate Aid Targeted to Poor and Deserving Countries? A Case Study of Nestlé’s Aid Allocation, with L. Metzger and P. Nunnenkamp, World Development, 38(3): 228-243, 2010.

Shocks, Structural Change, and the Patterns of Income Diversification in Burkina Faso, with J. Lay and U. Narloch, African Development Review (AERC-Cornell Conference Issue), 21(1): 36-58, 2009.

Few Opportunities, Much Desperation: The Dichotomy of Non-Agricultural Activities and Inequality in Western Kenya, with J. Lay and M. M’Mukaria, World Development, 36(12): 2713-2732, 2008.

Harnessing the Development Benefits of International Migration: A Randomized Evaluation of Enhanced Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars for Migrants from the Philippines, lead PI, with A. Steinmayr, D. Yang, E. Tiongson and V. Licuanan [3ie project website] [AEA RCT Registry]

The Economics of Family Reunification, with A. Steinmayr and C. Winter

The Long-term Consequences of Economic Conditions at the Time of Immigration, with A. Steinmayr and C. Winter

The Geographical Origins of Human Preferences, with D. Lukas and A. Pondorfer

Overconfidence and Risk-Taking in the Field: Evidence from Ethiopian Farmers, with U. Schmidt and U. Zirpel

The Effect of Remittances on Public Spending and Governance: Micro-Evidence from Village-Level Exposure to Exchange Rate Shocks, with C. Schweinitz and A. Steinmayr

Emigration and Donations to Community Projects: Evidence from Moldova, with M. Lücke