Publications and current research

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, forthcoming. [English summary] [German summary]

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]

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.

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

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

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, work in progress [3ie project website] [AEA RCT Registry]

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, work in progress