Research

Publications

“Beyond ‘Context Matters’: Context and External Validity in Impact Evaluation.” World Development 127, March 2020, Symposium on RCTs and Development (short paper). (ungated journal version available through 5 February 2020) (final journal version [gated])

With Liah Yecalo-Tecle: “Innovation, Voice, and Hierarchy in the Civil Service: Evidence from Evidence from Ghana’s Civil Service.” Forthcoming, Governance. (pre-publication pdf)

“External Validity and Policy Adaptation: From Impact Evaluation to Policy Design”. World Bank Research Observer, 2020. (final journal version [gated]) (working paper pdf) (policy memo) (policy memo em português)

“The Political Economy of Unfinished Development Projects: Corruption, Clientelism, or Collective Choice?” American Political Science Review 111(4), November 2017, p. 705-723. (final journal version [gated](pre-publication pdf)

Working papers

With Imran Rasul and Daniel Rogger: “Management, Organizational Performance, and Task Clarity: Evidence from Ghana’s Civil Service.” Submitted. (pdf)

“Beyond State Capacity: Bureaucratic Effectiveness, Policy Implementation, and Reform.” Submitted. (pdf)

With Liah Yecalo-Tecle: “Civil Service Reform and Performance Management in Ghana and Zambia Since 1990.” IGC Working Paper, December 2019. (pdf)

With Binta Zahra Diop, Koku Awoonor-Williams, and Anthony Ofosu: “Understanding the Allocation of Public Personnel Across Government Health Facilities in Ghana.” IGC Working Paper, August 2019. (pdf)

With Imran Rasul and Daniel Rogger: “Training for Productivity: An Experimental Study of Civil Service Reform in Ghana” IGC Working Paper, August 2019. (pdf)

“From Institutions to Organizations: Management and Informality in Ghana’s Public Bureaucracies”. Working paper, 2015. (pdf)

“One Size Does Not Fit All: Budget Institutions and Performance in Ghana’s Spending Ministries” Working paper, 2015. (pdf)

Work in Progress

With Nahomi Ichino and Erik Wibbels: “The Delivery and Spatial Distribution of Development Projects: Evidence from a USAID Governance Project in Ghana”

With Chris Adam and Mae Chan: Recurrent Costs and the Macroeconomic Impacts of Infrastructure Investment

With Flavio Cireno, Julien Labonne, Pedro Masson, and Pedro Palotti: “Networks in the Bureaucracy: Evidence from Brazil”

With Zahra Mansoor. “Systems Approaches to Public Service Delivery.”

“Fiscal Decentralization and the Efficiency of Public Good Delivery: Evidence from Ghana”

Other publications

“Aid, Trade, Investment, and Dependency.” In Anderson, David, and Nicholas Cheeseman (eds), The Routledge Handbook of African Politics, London: Routledge, 2013. (routledge) (google books)

“The Gold Standard of Governance: Mining, Decentralization, and State Power in Senegal.” Politique Africaine 117, March 2010. (journal)

Review of: “Brokering Democracy in Africa: The Rise of Clientelist Democracy in Senegal” by Linda Beck. In Politique Africaine 115, October 2009. (pdf)