Research

Publications

“Beyond State Capacity: Bureaucratic Effectiveness, Policy Implementation, and Reform.” Forthcoming, Journal of Institutional Economics. (pre-publication pdf)

With Imran Rasul and Daniel Rogger: “Management, Organizational Performance, and Task Clarity: Evidence from Ghana’s Civil Service.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, forthcoming. (pre-publication pdf)

With Anthony M. Bertelli, Mai Hassan, Dan Honig, and Daniel Rogger: “An agenda for the study of Public Administration in Developing Countries.” Governance, 2020, introduction to special issue. (final journal version [gated])

With Liah Yecalo-Tecle: “Innovation, Voice, and Hierarchy in the Civil Service: Evidence from Evidence from Ghana’s Civil Service.” Governance, 2020. (final journal version [gated]) (pre-publication pdf)

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

“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 Michel Azulai, Imran Rasul, and Daniel Rogger: “Can Training Improve Organizational Culture? Experimental Evidence from Ghana’s Civil Service.” Working paper, October 2020. (pdf)

With Aisha Ali, Javier Fuenzalida, and Margarita Gomez: “Four Lenses on People Management in the Public Sector: An Evidence Review and Synthesis.” Revise and resubmit, Oxford Review of Economic Policy.

With Clare Leaver, Zahra Mansoor, Dana Qarout, Anna Bilous, Karen Mundy, Minahil Asim, and Sheena Bell: “Delivery Approaches to Improving Policy Implementation: A Conceptual Framework.” DeliverEd Working Paper, July 2020. (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)

“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 Dana Qarout, Zahra Mansoor, Celeste Carano, Kate Anderson, Liah Yecalo-Tecle, and Veronika Dvorakova: “The Adoption and Design of Delivery Approaches in the Education Sector and Beyond”

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.”

Other publications

“Aid, Trade, Investment, and Dependency.” In Anderson, David, Nicholas Cheeseman, and Andrea Scheibler (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)