Research

Publications in refereed academic journals

Reducing Child Mortality in the Last Mile: Experimental Evidence on Community Health Promoters in Uganda (with M Björkman Nyqvist, J Svensson, and D Yanagizawa-Drott), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, forthcoming (2018). Trial registration AEARCTR-0000530 Featured in The Washington PostQUARTZNYT, ImpakterJPALInnovations for Poverty Action (IPA)Children Investment Fund Fundation (CIFF) Novartis prize for the best health economics paper at the Irish Economic Association conference 2017.

When Ethnicity Beats Gender: Quotas and Political Representation in Rwanda and Burundi (with B Ingelaere and M Verpoorten), Development and Changeforthcoming (2018).

Armed conflict and schooling in Rwanda: Digging deeper (with M Verpoorten), Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, accepted for publication.

Aid, Trade, and Post-War Recovery of the Rwandan Coffee Sector (with M Verpoorten), Journal of East African Studies, 12(3): 552-574 (2018). Policy Brief available as IOB Policy Brief N.30. Online Appendix here and replication files here.

Bilateral Investment Treaties and FDI: Does the Sector Matter?  (with L Colen and D Persyn), World Development, 83: 193-206 (2016).

Food Price Shocks and the Political Economy of Global Agricultural and Development Policy (with MP Squicciarini and J Swinnen), Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 36 (3): 387-415 (2014). Paper awarded with the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s AEPP Outstanding Journal Article 2014.

Global hunger: Food crisis spurs aid for poverty (with MP Squicciarini and J Swinnen), Nature (correspondence), 501:492 (2013).

Publications in peer-reviewed volumes

What Type of FDI Is Attracted by BITs? (with L Colen), Chapt. 5 in: De Schutter O., Swinnen J. et Wouters J. (eds) Foreign Direct Investment and Human Development, Routledge (2013).

The Rwandan Coffee Sector: out of the Ordinary  (with JN Chrysostome and M Verpoorten), in: Reyntjens F., Vandeginste S., et Verpoorten M. (eds.) L’Afrique des grands lacs. Annuaire 2011-2012, Paris, L’Harmattan: 397-426 (2012).

Working Papers

Rainfall Inequality, Political Power, and Ethnic Conflict in Africa (with T Rogall), LICOS Discussion Paper 391/2017UniCredit Best Presentation Prize at the 2015 Applied Economics Workshop in Petralia. Featured in World Bank Development Impact blogVOXEu
Submitted 

Conceptual framework for the analysis of the determinants of food and nutrition security (with H Pieters and A Vandeplas), Foodsecure Working Paper 2013-13.

Selected Work in Progress

Effect of the Living Goods/BRAC Community Health Delivery Program on Child Mortality in Uganda – RCT Phase II  (with M Björkman Nyqvist and J Svensson)
RCT Status: ongoing (Endline scheduled in 2019) 
Trial registration AEARCTR-0002392

Improving Primary School Learning Through Community Engagement: Evidence from India  (with M Björkman Nyqvist)
RCT Status: ongoing (Endline scheduled in 2019)
Trial registration AEARCTR-0002817

Female Political Representation and its Impact in Uganda (with S Anderson and Björkman Nyqvist)
Status: preparation (Data collection scheduled in 2018)