Publications

When available, citations below are accompanied by links to archived data and survey instruments.

25. Savings Defaults and Payment Delays for Cash Transfers: Field Experimental Evidence from MalawiJournal of Development Economics, forthcoming. (With Lasse Brune, Xavier Giné, and Jessica Goldberg.)

24. Facilitating Worker Mobility: A Randomized Information Intervention among Migrant Workers in Singapore, Economic Development and Cultural Change, forthcoming. (With Slesh Shrestha.)

23. Revising Commitments: Field Evidence on Adjustment of Prior Choices, Economic Journal, forthcoming. (With Xavier Giné, Jessica Goldberg, and Dan Silverman.)

22. Facilitating Savings for Agriculture: Field Experimental Evidence from Malawi, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vol. 64, No. 2, January 2016, pp. 187-220. Lead Article. (With Lasse Brune, Xavier Giné, and Jessica Goldberg.)

21. Unilateral Facilitation Does Not Raise International Migration from the PhilippinesEconomic Development and Cultural Change, Vol. 64, No. 2, January 2016, pp. 323-368. (With Emily Beam and David McKenzie.)

20. Directed Giving: Evidence from an Inter-Household Transfer Experiment in Mozambique, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 118, October 2015, pp. 2-21. Lead Article. (With Catia Batista and Dan Silverman.)

19. Evidence on Policies to Increase the Development Impacts of International MigrationWorld Bank Research Observer, Vol. 30, No. 2, August 2015, pp. 155-192. (With David McKenzie.)

18. Savings in Transnational Households: A Field Experiment Among Migrants from El Salvador, Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 97, No. 2, May 2015, pp. 332-351.  (With Nava Ashraf, Diego Aycinena, and Claudia Martinez A.)

17. Measuring Vote-Selling: Field Evidence from the PhilippinesAmerican Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, Vol. 105, No. 5, May 2015, pp. 352-356. (With Allen Hicken, Steve Leider, and Nico Ravanilla.) DATA.

16. Channeling Remittances to Education: A Field Experiment Among Migrants from El Salvador, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Vol. 7, No. 2, April 2015, pp. 207-232. (With Kate Ambler and Diego Aycinena.) DATA.

15. Directing Remittances to Education with Soft and Hard Commitments, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 111, March 2015, pp. 197-208.  (With Giuseppe de Arcangelis, Majlinda Joxhe, David McKenzie, and Erwin Tiongson.)

14. Motivating Migrants: A Field Experiment on Financial Decision-Making in Transnational Households, Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 108, May 2014, pp. 119-127. (With Ganesh Seshan.)

13. Distortions in the International Migrant Labor Market: Evidence from Filipino Migration and Wage Responses to Destination Country Economic Shocks, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Vol. 6, No. 2, April 2014, pp. 49-75. (With David Mckenzie and Caroline Theoharides.) DATA.

12. The Impact of Voucher Coupons on the Uptake of Fertilizer and Improved Seeds: Evidence from a Randomized Trial in Mozambique, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 95, No. 5, October 2013, pp. 1345-1351. (With Michael Carter and Rachid Laajaj.)

11. Credit Market Consequences of Improved Personal Identification: Field Experimental Evidence from Malawi, American Economic Review, Vol. 102, No. 6, October 2012, pp. 2923-2954. (With Xavier Giné and Jessica Goldberg.) DATA.

10. Migrant Remittances, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 25, No. 3, Summer 2011, pp. 129-152.

9. Exporting and Firm Performance: Chinese Exporters and the Asian Financial Crisis, Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 92, No. 4, November 2010, pp. 822-842. (With Albert Park, Xinzheng Shi, and Yuan Jiang.)

8. Under the Weather: Health, Schooling, and Economic Consequences of Early-Life RainfallAmerican Economic Review, Vol. 99, No. 3, June 2009, pp. 1006-1026. (With Sharon Maccini. Click here for the Online Appendix.) DATA.

7. Insurance, Credit, and Technology Adoption: Field Experimental Evidence from MalawiJournal of Development Economics, Vol. 89, 2009, p. 1-11. Lead Article. (With Xavier Giné.)

6. Coping with Disaster: The Impact of Hurricanes on International Financial Flows, 1970-2002, B. E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy: Vol. 8, No. 1 (Advances), Article 13, 2008.

5. International Migration, Remittances, and Household Investment: Evidence from Philippine Migrants’ Exchange Rate Shocks, Economic Journal, Vol. 118, April 2008, pp. 591-630.

4. Integrity for Hire: An Analysis of a Widespread Customs Reform, Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 51, No. 1, 2008, pp. 25-57. (Click here for the leadership data used in paper.)

3. Can Enforcement Backfire? Crime Displacement in the Context of Customs Reform in the Philippines, Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 90, No. 1, February 2008, pp. 1-14. Lead Article. (Click here for the Theory Appendix.)

2. Are Remittances Insurance? Evidence from Rainfall Shocks in the Philippines, World Bank Economic Review, Vol. 21 (2), May 2007, pp. 219-248. (With HwaJung Choi.)

1. Why Do Migrants Return to Poor Countries? Evidence from Philippine Migrants’ Responses to Exchange Rate Shocks, Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 88, No. 4, November 2006, pp. 715-735. (Click here for the Theory Appendix.)

 

PUBLICATIONS IN EDITED VOLUMES

“International Migration and Remittances,” in James D. Wright, ed., International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol. 12, Oxford: Elsevier, 2015, pp. 519–524.  Pre-publication version is here.

In Gabriela Inchauste and Ernesto Stein, eds., Financing the Family: Remittances to Central America in a Time of Crisis, Palgrave Macmillan: New York, 2013. Chapter 2, “Migration, Remittances, and Economic Development: A Literature Review”; Chapter 3, “Enhancing the Impact of Remittances on Economic Development: New Evidence from Experiments among Migrants from El Salvador”; Chapter 4, “Measuring the Impact of the US Financial Crisis on Salvadoran Migrants and Family Remittances” (with Diego Aycinena, Sebastian Calonico, Gabriela Inchauste, and Claudia Martinez A.)

“Use of Biometric Technology in Developing Countries,” in Robert Cull, Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, and Jonathan Morduch, eds., Banking the World: Empirical Foundations of Financial Inclusion, MIT Press, 2012. (with Xavier Giné, Jessica Goldberg, Shalini Sankaranarayanan, and Peter Sheerin)

“Competing for Jobs or Creating Jobs? The Impact of Immigration on Native-Born Unemployment in Venezuela, 1980-2003,” in Francisco Rodriguez and Ricardo Hausmann, eds., Venezuela: Anatomy of a Collapse, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014. (with Dan Levy)

“Experimental Approaches in Migration Studies,” in Carlos Vargas-Silva, ed., Handbook of Research Methods in Migration, Edward Elgar, 2012. (With David McKenzie.) Working paper version is here.

“Half-Baked Interventions: Staggered Pre-Shipment Inspections in the Philippines and Colombia,” in O. Cadot, A. M. Fernandes, J. Gourdon, and A. Mattoo, eds., Where to Spend the Next Million? Applying Impact Evaluation to Trade Assistance, World Bank and CEPR, 2011. (with Mohini Datt)

Risk, Migration, and Rural Financial Markets: Evidence from Earthquakes in El SalvadorSocial Research, Vol. 75, No. 3, Fall 2008.

The Economics of Anti-Corruption: Lessons from a Widespread Customs Reform, in Susan Rose-Ackerman, ed., International Handbook of the Economics of Corruption, Elgar, 2006.

Remittances and Poverty in Migrants’ Home Areas: Evidence from the Philippines, in Caglar Ozden and Maurice Schiff, eds., International Migration, Remittances, and the Brain Drain, World Bank, 2005. (With Claudia Martinez A.)