I study how history can affect human capital accumulation and other important inputs into long-run economic development. I focus primarily on infectious diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.

Working Papers

Colonial Institutions, Marriage Markets, and HIV: Evidence from Mozambique (job market paper)

Health, Income, and Public Spending in a Developing Economy: Evidence from Brazil's Eradication of Chagas Disease (with Eduardo Montero)

Work in Progress

Neglected Tropical Diseases Can Worsen HIV Epidemics: Evidence from Schistosomiasis Control in Southern Africa

Pre-Colonial Medical Practices and the Success of Vaccination Campaigns: Evidence from the Smallpox Eradication Program (with Eduardo Montero)

Blood Taxes: The Development Effects of Colonial Conscription in French West Africa (with James Allen IV)

Neglected Tropical Diseases and Agricultural Development: Evidence from Nigeria's Eradication of Guinea Worm

The Promises and Pitfalls of Using DHS Data for Comparisons across Countries and National Borders