Funded Projects

2019/2020

Financial Inclusion as Industrial Policy
Dev Patel
 
Using Computer Vision to Increase Property Tax Collection In The D.R. Congo
Augustin Bergeron
 
Do Lawyer-Judge Relationships Influence Case Outcomes?
Tianwang Liu and David H. Zhang
 
Pre-Trial Risk Assessment and Racial Disparity: Evidence from Colorado, Florida, Washington, Maryland, and Pennsylvania
Alley Edlebi
 
The Regressive Nature of the U.S. Tariff Code: Origins and Implications
Lydia Cox
 
The Burden of Environmental Policies on Malaysian Oil Palm Smallholders
Audrey Tiew
 
Determinants and Consequences of Harassment and Discrimination Reporting in the Workplace
Ayushi Narayan
 
Beliefs, Preferences, and the Education Production Function
John Conlon, Spencer Kwon, William Murdock, Dev Patel
 
Municipal Procurement and Chicago Aldermen Investigators
Eric Andersen

Income Tax Salience and Job Choice
Jenna Anders 

Value of Clinical Trials: Welfare Implications of Pediatric Clinical Trials
Ljubica Ristovska

The Minimum Wage and Firm Networks: Evidence from South Africa
Brandon Joel Tan 

Fraud, Reputations, and Spillovers in the Export Market
Jiacheng Feng  

Public and Private Sector Interactions in China’s Land Market
Tianwang Liu 

How Do College Costs Affect Long-Term Life Outcomes? Evidence from U.S. Junior College Openings
Kevin Connolly  

Efficiency Wages in Blue Collar Jobs
Natalia Emanuel and Emma Harrington  

Who Ensures Free and Fair Elections? Judicial Bias in Brazilian Electoral Courts
Moya Chin  

Just Decisions? An Empirical Analysis of Prosecutor Discretion in Criminal Justice Outcomes
Chika Okafor  

Detention Fees and Shifting Incentives: Evidence from California and Pennsylvania
Alley Edlebi 

2018/2019

Hidden Beliefs about Gender: Quantifying Stereotyping on the Economics Job Market Rumors Forum
Principal Investigator: Alice H. Wu

How Much Does Simplifying the Financial Aid Form Matter?
Principal Investigator: Ayushi Narayan

In The Business of Compliance Firm Revenue Manipulation in Response to the Audit System
Principal Investigator: Enrico Di Gregorio

Unpacking Discretion in the Criminal Justice System
Principal Investigators: Natalia Emanuel, Emma Harrington, and Hannah Shaffer

Perceptions and Persistence in College Major Choice
Principal Investigators: John J. Conlon and Dev Patel

Firm-level Tax Incidence: the Passthrough of the Cost of Labor
Principal Investigator: Matteo Paradisi

The Effects of Profit Taxation on Employment and Investment: Evidence from Germany
Principal Investigator: Sanjay Misra

The Impact of Religion on Coethnic Bias: Evidence from the D.R. Congo
Principal Investigator: Augustin Bergeron

Emissions Regulation and Electric Vehicle Introduction
Principal Investigators: Sarah Armitage and Frank Pinter 

2017/2018

International Currencies and Capital Allocation
Principal Investigators: Matteo Maggiori, Brent Neiman, and Jesse Schreger

Rethinking the Benefits from Devaluations
Principal Investigator: Omar Barbiero

National Banks as Monetary Union
Principal Investigator: He Yang

Gender Differences in Job Search
Principal Investigator: Lisa Abraham

Firm-level Tax Incidence: the Passthrough of the Cost of Labor
Principal Investigator: Matteo Paradisi

A Welfare Framework of Public Education Policy: Free-choice versus Neighborhood-Schooling
Principal Investigator: Yang You

Is an Expensive U.S. Masterís Degree Worth It Back Home? Audit Study in Chinese Online Recruiting Platforms
Principal Investigators: Yuezhou Huo and Zhengyun Sun

Crowd Feedback and VC Financing
Principal Investigator: Ruiqing Cao

Did Great Migration Destinations become Mobility Traps?
Principal Investigator: Ellora Derenoncourt

2016/2017

Patent Trolls and the Patent Examination Process
Principal Investigator: Jiashuo Feng

Exploring Heterogeneity in Employer Responses to Credit Shocks: Evidence from the 2011 Portuguese Sovereign Debt Crisis
Principal Investigator: Andrew Garin

Decision-Making by Physicians: Reactions to Changes in Bandwidth and Complexity
Principal Investigator: Priya Shanmugam

The Impact of the Durbin Amendment on Banks, Merchants, and Consumers
Principal Investigator: Natasha Sarin

The Social Returns to Mental Health Care: Evidence from a Dutch Health Insurance Reform
Principal Investigator: Eli Schachar

Texting Bad Politicians Out of Office
Principal Investigator: Siddharth George

Resident Selection in the Nursing Home Industry
Principal Investigator: Ashvin Gandhi

The Economic Effects of Sleep Deprivation Among the Poor
Principal Investigators: Gautam Rao, Frank Schilbach, and Heather Schofield

The Spin-off of Politically Connected Firms: New Evidence on Entrepreneurial Spawning and Innovation
Principal Investigators: Andrea Passalacqua and Giovanna Marcolongo

The Effects of Parental Leave Policies on Career Trajectories of Women
Principal Investigator: Linh T. TÙ

Managing Sterling to ìSafeguard Peaceî: The Exchange Equalisation Account and the Tripartite Agreement, 1936-
1939

Principal Investigator: Max Harris

Moral Values and Trump Voting
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Enke

2015/2016

Blood Rubber: The Effects of Labor Coercion on Development and Culture in the DRC
Principal Investigators: Eduardo Montero and Sara Lowes

Improving Property Tax Compliance in Rwanda
Principal Investigators: Oyebola Okunogbe and Gabriel Tourek

Atlantic Slavery’s Impact on British Economic Development
This project uses historical trade records to analyze the impact of Atlantic slavery on British economic development from 1600-1850." 
Principal Investigator: Ellora Derenoncourt

The Long-Term Implications of Programs for Gifted Students
In this project we plan to use a regression discontinuity design in order to study the causal effect of special programs for gifted students. We will use data from Israel and link the admission test scores with administrative data from the IRS and the Ministry of Interior. 
Principal Investigators: Oren Danieli and Ran Shorrer

Technology Diffusion and Physician Service Allocation
I investigate the relationship between physician and hospital characteristics and technology diffusion, as well as the heterogeneous effect of new technology on physician behavior and patient outcomes across physicians and hospitals.
Principal Investigator: Ruohua Annetta Zhou

Class Limitations in Marriage Across the US
This study will analyze how the area where people grow up affects homophily in marriage choices.
Principal Investigator: Alexander M. Bell

Asymmetric Naiveté: Beliefs about Self-Control
This project conducts an experimental investigation of whether individuals are aware that others are susceptible to present bias.
Principal Investigator: Anastassia Fedyk

What Are Mutual Fund Managers Paid for? Evidence from Salary Data
Using a detailed salary dataset assembled from Israeli tax records, this project will examine a number theories about the relationship between mutual fund performance and compensation of fund managers.
Principal Investigator: Staislav Sokolinski

Incentives and Coaching for Student Achievement
We conduct an RCT to compare the effectiveness of input vs outcome-based incentives for high-school students, varying the availability of personalized feedback and coaching. 
Principal Investigators: Gautam Rao and Leonardo Bursztyn

Perceptions and Beliefs in Study Choices
Principal Investigator: Mark Kaufmann            

Why Do Companies Merge? Evidence from M&A Prospectuses
This projects uses public firms' SEC filings to shed light on the prevalence of various motives for integration, and thereby on the theory of the firm.
Principal Investigator: Kirill Borusyak

Incompatibility and Network Effects in Electric Vehicle Adoption
Principal Investigator: Jing Li

The Economic Impact of Political Dynasties: Evidence from India
Principal Investigator: Siddharth George

2014/2015

Taxes in Matching Markets: Lab Experiments
I analyze how taxation of transfers affects behavior, in matching markets - markets where agents have heterogeneous payoffs to being matched to agents in another group.
Principal Investigator: Sonia Jaffe

Corporate Accountability and Human Rights
This projects tries to understand how human rights litigation shapes corporate finance and behavior.
Principal Investigator: Shayak Sarkar

A Randomized Evaluation of the MITES Program
This project is a randomized evaluation of MITES, a summer program for disadvantaged youth, which will track students' college and STEM outcomes over time.
Principal Investigators: Sarah Cohodes and Silvia Robles

Assessing banking sector competition and stability: the amalgamation movement in 19th century England
This project uses historical bank records to assess how growth via mergers affected bank stability and their need to borrow from the Bank of England. 
Principal Investigator: Chenzi Xu

Information Propagation and Omission in the News
This project attempts to systematically quantify the extent of omission bias in the media market by using the propagation of information. Additionally, we would like to understand the determinants of omission bias.
Principal Investigators: Mitra Akhtari, Julia Cagé, and Alexandre Goncalves

Impact of Deregulating University Fees on Study Choices
The project studies the impact of raising university fees on high school students’ choice of undergraduate education, and how that varies with academic ability and socioeconomic status
Principal Investigator: Elaine Chung

Election Officer Identity and Voter Behavior: Evidence from India
This project examines how the identities of the government officials in India who manage polling stations on election day may, even in a technologically well-equipped setting, influence voter behavior
Principal Investigator: Yusuf Neggers 

Impact of Inter-group Exposure on National Integration in Multi-Ethnic States
This project studies the impact of inter-group exposure on individuals’ social and political attitudes and actions
Principal Investigator: Oyebola Okunogbe

(Mis)informed About Yourself and Educational choices: Empirical Evidence from Brazil’s Math Olympiads
I study how a math award and its informational content affect aspirations in life and educational choices. I explore a math competition in Brazil which generates a discontinuity in the prize given, and thus, in the information disclosed to students about their performance in a national exam. 
Principal Investigator: Diana Moreira

An Empirical Investigation of Discrimination in Promotion Decisions
This project is an empirical investigation of how credit is allocated for joint work when there is discrimination in the market. If a worker completes a project on her own, she sends a clear signal about her ability. However, when employees work in groups, effort and contributions are often not perfectly observable. Managers then have to make judgment calls as to who should be given the most credit and who should be promoted.
Principal Investigator: Heather Sarsons

Do Public-Sector Defined-Benefit Plans Create Lifelong Civil Servants?
Principal Investigator: Laura Quinby

Why Do Companies Merge? Evidence from M&A Prospectuses
This projects uses public firms' SEC filings to shed light on the prevalence of various motives for integration, and thereby on the theory of the firm.
Principal Investigator: Kirill Borusyak

Policy Implications of Tax Salience: Measuring and Modelling Heterogeneity and Tax Size Effects
Principal Investigator: Dmitry Taubinsky

Durable Consumption and Housing Prices
We are planning to investigate the relationship between durable consumption, as measured by auto purchases, and local area housing prices. 
Principal Investigators: Peter Ganong and Noel Pascal

The Mental Health Cost of Job Loss and its Effect on Non-Employment Duration
Previous research suggests that unemployment is associated with lower mental health, both in the cross-section and in longitudinal studies. This project aims at investigating to what extent this is driven by a causal effect of unemployment on mental health and to what extent mental health issues when unemployed impact the job finding rate and the duration of nonemployment.
Principal Investigator: Alexandra Roulet

The Long-Run Impacts of Tracking High-Achieving Students: Evidence from Boston’s Advanced Work Class
This project investigates the effects of participating in an elementary school accelerated curriculum on later outcomes, including college matriculation. 
Principal Investigator: Sarah Cohodes

Understanding the Support for Inheritance Taxation
Our project aims to study what shapes people’s support or lack of support for the inheritance tax. 
Principal Investigators: Stefanie Stantcheva and Eric Nowak

The Health and Housing Market Effect of Air Pollution
This project uses address-level data on home sales and infant health to measure how well housing markets adapt to the health costs of air pollution.
Principal Investigator: Daniel M. Sullivan

Police Use of Force and Trust
Minorities in the US have lower social solidarity and social capital compared to whites (Putnam, 2006). We are interested in understanding the role of local institutions, such as the police, in driving the gap in trust and civic participation between minorities and non-minorities.
Principal Investigators: Mitra Akhtari and Frederik Schwerter

Incentivizing Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving: An Experiment with Bus Drivers in Karnataka, India
Principal Investigator: Janhavi Nilekani

2013/2014

Financing Structures and Criminal Justice
This project examines how cost structures in the criminal justice might affect judicial decisions, levels of incarceration, and arrests.
Principal Investigator: Aurelie Ouss

The Impact of Tutoring in Public Schools: Evidence from the Mexican American Student Services Program
This project will conduct a rigorous evaluation of the Mexican American Student Services Program (MASS), a department in a large public school district in the Southwest that provides tutoring and mentoring services to students. There are two distinct components of the study: the random assignment of students to be recruited by MASS, and the study of students who are already being served by MASS using a regression discontinuity design.
Principal Investigator: Silvia Robles

The Historical Legacy of Colonial Medicine Campaigns in Central and West Africa
We examine the long-term effects of colonial public health campaigns on health behavior and social preferences in Central and West Africa using colonial medical records.
Principal Investigators: Sara Lowes and Eduardo Montero

Study on Mhealth and Reproductive Health in Teens (SMART)
SMART is a randomized controlled trial in Ghana that evaluates the impact of sending interactive text messages incentivized with airtime credit to adolescent girls on their knowledge, communication and attitudes about reproductive health. 
Principal Investigator: Slawa Rokicki

Inheriting Inequality: The Economic Effects of Inheritance Institutions
This study will assess the effect of regional variation in inheritance customs in Germany on inequality and economic development. 
Principal Investigator: Simon Jaeger

Learning from Online Vacancies
This project will use online vacancy data combined with confidential data at the bureau of labor statistic to understand the determinants of labor demand at the firm and establishment level. 
Principal Investigator: Peter Ganong

When do we predict outcomes will repeat themselves? A study of the hot-hand and gambler's fallacies
This study creates an original experiment to study and remedy the seeming contradiction between the hot-hand and gambler's fallacies.
Principal Investigator: Chris Kilgore

Capital Destruction and Economic Growth: Evidence from Sherman’s March
We study the economic impact of capital destruction using General William Sherman’s 1865 ‘march to the sea’ in the US South
Principal Investigators: James Feigenbaum, James Lee, and Filippo Mezzanotti

The Role of Government Grants and Private Equity for Small Energy Technology Firms
This project uses ranked grant application data to explore the impact of Department of Energy research grants to small firms.
Principal Investigator: Sabrina Howell

The Socio-Economic and Cognitive Impacts of Water Scarcity: Evidence from the Hinterlands of the Brazilian Northeast
This study first assesses the effects of concerns with water scarcity on "mental bandwidth" among poor farmers in Ceará - a dry state in northeast Brazil - separately from the effects of decisions driven by expectations of low precipitation. Second, the study tracks the impact of taxes "mental bandwidth" on productive decisions and income.
Principal Investigator: Guilherme Lichand

2012/2013

The Causes and Consequences of Housing Foreclosures: Evidence from U.S. Tax Records
We merge data on property transactions and foreclosures to the universe of U.S. administrative tax data to study the causes and consequences of foreclosures.  First, we explain the heterogeneity in foreclosure rates across space using individual labor-income shocks with local house-price shocks with a focus on peer effects and contagion effects.  Second, we trace out the effects of foreclosures on the neighborhood as well as the individuals who migrate in or out.
Principal Investigator: John F. Friedman, Nathan Hendren and Emily Breza

Testing Macro-Labor Theories of Unemployment with Administrative Micro-data
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Schoefer

Using Behavioral Economics to Promote Medication Adherence and Habit Formation 
The study will investigate simple "behavioral economics" interventions to overcome cognitive and motivational barriers to medication adherence. 
Principal Investigator: Eric Zwick, Judd Kessler, and Dmitry Taubinsky

How Does Social Security Affect Private Saving? Evidence from Eligibility Changes for State and Local Government Employees 
The project uses administrative data to estimate the effect of mandatory social security coverage of public employees on their private retirement saving behavior. 
Principal Investigator: Clara Zverina

Pricing Incentives in Government Organized Insurance Markets
We will analyze the Massachusetts subsidized insurance market to determine how subsidy structure may be influencing prices and whether individual and sate costs could be lowered by changing the method of how subsidies are determined. 
Principal Investigator: Sonia Jaffe and Mark Shepard

When Punishment Doesn't Pay: The 'Cold Glow' Heuristic and Decisions to Punish
We will use behavioral economics to understand individual attitudes towards the punishment of criminals and the heuristics that people use to form their opinions on criminal policy. 
Principal Investigator: Aurelie Ouss and Alexander Peysakhovich

Why Job Referrals Matter
In this project we explore how and why workers who are referred to an employer by current employees differ from their non-referred counterparts. We run a field experiment in an online marketplace to estimate the extent to which selection, peer pressure, and/or team production can explain turnover and productivity differentials between referred and non-referred workers.
Principal Investigator: Amanda Pallais and Emily Sands

Knowledge of Campaign Finance Law
We will conduct a survey to find out the public's degree of knowledge about the laws and regulations on individual campaign contributions in the United States. The objective of the project is to study the implications of these rules for contribution patterns.
Principal Investigator: Ricardo Perez-Truglia and Guillermo Cruces 

Alcohol Consumption Among the Poor
This study investigates the motivations for and consequences of alcohol consumption among cycle rickshaw peddlers in Chennai, India.
Principal Investigator: Frank Schilbach

Work Now, Marry Later: Textile Workers in India
I will study the impact of a change in wage contract offered by a large firm that resulted in a change in incentives for work tenure for young women. We will study how the change in the contract affected worker productivity, selection of workers entering the firm, and longer-term outcomes such as labor and marriage decisions for the workers who were affected by the change. Commitment wage contracts for young, unmarried women are prevalent in the textile industry in Tamil Nadu, India.
Principal Investigator: Anitha Sivasankaran 

Census of Manufacturers:  Data Entry
We will digitize and clean the available industry-by-city data from the Census of Manufacturers for the period from 1900 to 1967.  Particular research applications include:  the impact of access to natural resources on the development of American industry; and changes over time in patterns of industrial agglomeration and coagglomeration.
Principal Investigator:  Richard Hornbeck, Dave Donaldson, and Jamie Lee

Understanding Selection Properties of WIC Take-up
I will study the consumption choices of low-income households in the Nielsen Homescan data. In particular, I will compare households which have chosen to enroll in the WIC program with unenrolled households.
Principal Investigator: Peter Ganong

Insurer Competitive Incentives and Health Costs in the Massachusetts Health Insurance Exchange
I will study how different incentive structures affect insurer competition in the Massachusetts subsidized health insurance exchange (called “CommCare”). This exchange is both the main vehicle for covering low-income state residents (with 187,000 enrolled in 2012) and a key model for national health care reform, making lessons learned important for both state and national policy. Its institutional features make it ideal to study insurer competition over health care provider networks, an important and understudied feature of insurance markets.
Principal Investigator: Mark Shepard

Spatial Competition and Preemptive Entry in the Discount Retail Industry
This project examines the entry and location decisions of chain stores in the discount retail industry and how store density and store networks affect the competition between big chains.
Principal Investigator: Fanyin Zheng

Understanding Housing Dynamics
This project seeks to theoretically and empirically further our understanding of housing cycles, which have profound implications for the macro economy as demonstrated by the financial crisis. It also hopes to shed light on how cycles can be ameliorated using housing market or monetary policy.
Principal Investigator: Adam Guren

Affirmative Action and Student Effort
Theoretical models with risk neutral agents suggest that affirmative action programs should lower student effort. However, if students are risk adverse and attempting to get into a good college (through effort in high school) is a risky investment, affirmative action could also increase high school student effort by decreasing the riskiness of the investment. There has been no empirical work on this question. In this project, I will assess the effect of court rulings that illegalized and then re-legalized affirmative action in Texas state universities on student high school level effort to differentiate between these theories. 
Principal Investigator: Mitra Akhtari and Natalie Bau

 

2011/2012

Scaling up Subsidized Medicines for Malaria: A Blessing or a Curse for Prevention?
Randomized experiment that examines the substitution between treatment and prevention technologies and its implications for infectious disease control in Rural Uganda.
Principal Investigator: Elif Yavuz

Cognitive Endowments and Parental Investments within the Household: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Tanzania
Using data from a previous random trial, this project examines the impact of micronutrient deficiency in utero on subsequent child schooling in Tanzania and also examines to what extent parents allocate resources so as to compensate for or to reinforce inequalities across the children in cognitive endowments.
Principal Investigator: Plamen Nikolov

Do "Papivores" influence Politics?  Theory and Evidence from Local Media Concentration in France since 1945
Examines the influence of the French Newspaper industry on national politics.
Principal Investigator: Julia Cage

The Effect of Teacher's Academic Preparation on Teacher's Quality
This project investigates the effect of teacher's academic preparation history, measured by teacher's SAT scores and college GPA, on student academic performance.
Principal Investigator: Eunice Han

Negotiating Delivery: Can Spousal Involvement Improve Maternal Health
This project explores the impact of increasing spousal involvement in savings decisions and birth planing on safe maternal delivery in a slum area of Nairobi, Kenya. 
Principal Investigator: Jessica Cohen and Margaret McConnell

The Effect of Local Labor Demand Shocks on Incumbent Residents
This project uses administrative data and thousands of plant closings to estimate the incidence of labor demand shocks on incumbent residents. 
Principal Investigator: Danny Yagan

Rewarding Consumers to Control Tax Evasion
This project aims to examine the role of consumers in enforcing VAT tax compliance using unique administrative data from São Paulo, Brazil.
Principal Investigator: Joana Naritomi

Price Discrimination and Local Incidence: Evidence from Housing Vouchers
This project uses administrative data on housing vouchers to assess how changes in voucher generosity affect rent paid and unit quality.
Principal Investigator: Peter Ganong

Are Teacher-Value-Added Estimates Biased? Evidence from Quasi-Experiments
This project exploits the fact that if estimates of teacher-value-added are unbiased then they can be used to predict changes in average achievement when a teacher switches school grades.
Principal Investigator: Keli Liu

The Welfare Implications of Gentrification through Changes in Local Retail Markets: Evidence from HOPE VI Housing Project Demolitions
I study how gentrification impacts welfare of neighborhood residents through changes in access to and prices of local grocery stores.
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Diamond

Housewife, “Gold Miss,” and Companion: Evolution of Educated Women’s Role in Asia and the U.S.
An examination of how education of women in Korea changes the assortive marriage choices.
Principal Investigator: Jisoo Hwang

Summer Enrichment Programs and Peer Effects: An Evaluation of the MITES Program
A randomized evaluation of MITES, a summer program for disadvantaged youth, and an examination of network formation and information flow. The first wave of randomization is set to begin this Spring, and will recur every year for three years.
Principal Investigator: Silvia Robles

The Impact Judicial Discretion on Racial Disparities in Sentencing
Using data on over 600,000 federal defendants, this project explores the impact of increased judicial discretion on racial disparities in sentencing.
Principal Investigator: Crystal Yang

Social Effects in Campaign Contributions. Evidence from a large-scale field experiment in the U.S. 
This project seeks to understand the motivations behind contributions to political campaigns in the U.S.  It will attempt to gauge a series of conflicting interpretations of this type of behavior.  For instance, disentangling the roles behind social norms, signaling and peer pressure.
Principal Investigator: Ricardo Perez-Truglia and Guillermo Cruces

Are Individual Risk Preferences Time Consistent? Temporal Construal and Time-dependent Changes in Risk Preferences
In this experimental project, I examine whether temporal distance, between planning and execution timepoints, holding everything else fixed, systematically influences individual risk aversion at the planning stage.
Principal Investigator: Plamen Nikolov

The Economic Effects of Imprisonment for Debt in the 19th Century United States
This paper assesses the effects of imprisonment for debt on firm-level outcomes such as credit intake, capital intensity and production. We take advantage of the staggered abolition of imprisonment for debt across the US in the 19th century, drawing upon a novel longitudinal database based upon samples from the US Censuses of Manufacturers from 1820, 1850-1880, and from the McLane report for 1831-1832. Because six states still imprison for debt, the impacts of debtor's prison on current outcomes are also assessed relying on historical variables as a source of exogenous identification.
Principal Investigator: Guilherme Lichand

Does Stimulus Policy through Business Taxes Increase Employment and Investment?
An Empirical Study of the Impact of 2009 and 2010 US stimulus legislation using firm tax returns.
Principal Investigator: James Mahon

Do Voters Ignore the Truth on Purpose?  Experimental Revelation of Preferences over Expressed Beliefs
Principal Investigator: Nathaniel Hilger

2010/2011

Social Norms and Public Goods Provision
This project examines the effect of social pressure and social norms on public goods provision through a combination of experiments in the lab and interventions in the field.
Principal Investigator: Monica Singhal

The Importance of Being Able to Compare Oneself to Successful People
This project examines the effect of informing smart elementary students that their current performance is equal to that of Harvard undergraduates when they were of the same age.
Principal Investigator: Thomas Barrios

Determinants and Impacts of Microsavings
A randomized evaluation which studies the determinants and impacts of the use of formal savings accounts by low-income micro-entrepreneurs in Chile.
Principal Investigator: Dina Pomeranz

Response of Heterogeneous Rural Households to an Ongoing Land Reform in China
Research on the implications of an ongoing land reform in China on the career and location choices of rural households.
Principal Investigator: Jinzhu Chen

Farming the Ogallala Aquifer: Short and Long-run Impacts of Groundwater Access
This research aims to quantify the impacts of access to the Ogallala aquifer, comparing counties and time periods with carrying access to its groundwater.
Principal Investigator: Rick Hornbeck

Evaluation of Health Insurance Uptake and its Economic Impact in Mexico 
Perform a randomized field experiment which tests various theoretical mechanisms for increasing health insurance affiliation in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Principal Investigator: Jeremy Barofsky
Health Insurance Market Design: Commonwealth Care in Massachusetts
Examining what characteristics predict consumer choice of health insurance plans and how choice responds to changes in information presentation in order to shed light on how policy changes around search, disclosure, and market structure can affect insurance markets and consumer welfare
Principal Investigator: Keith Ericson and Amanda Starc

The wire: The Shady Business of Life Insurance
We experimentally explore how commission-based insurance agents respond to consumer sophistication and product competition when making product recommendations.
Principal Investigator: Shayak Sarkar

Scourge of Stock: The TseTse and Agricultural Development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The TseTse fly is unique to Sub-Saharan Africa and transmits a parasite that, left untreated, is fatal to domesticated livestock and humans. Using a climate-based demographic model of the fly, this project aims to investigate how TseTse-transmitted trypanosomiasis affected African agricultural practices and population density in the precolonial era and whether the TseTse constrains agricultural productivity today.
Principal Investigator: Marcella Alsan

Religious Congregations, Charitable Giving and Welfare
We offer an event-study of the Catholic-clergy sexual abuse scandals in the United States from 1980 to 2010. We created a unique dataset with the exact geo-location of each parish involved in a scandal and the exact date when each accusation became public. We study how these scandals affected religious participation, total charitable contributions and welfare services.
Principal Investigator: Ricardo Perez-Truglia and Nicholas Bottan

Demand for Redistribution - Beyond Relative Income
By using an experimental survey method, we go deeper into understanding how preferences about demand for redistribution are shaped.
Principal Investigator: Johanna Mollerstrom and David Seim

Experimental Evaluation of Labor Allocation Mechanisms
This project will examine the labor supply response and subsequent performance of workers facing experimentally-imposed labor allocation mechanisms (e.g., offered wage vs. various bidding mechanisms).
Principal Investigator: John Horton

The Effects of Centralized Clearing Houses in Labor Markets: Evidence from the Market for Medical Residents
This project evaluates the market outcomes in the market for medical residents, which is organized through a centralized matching mechanism. It compares the outcomes to a counter-factual decentralized market.
Principal Investigator: Nikhil Agarwal

Social Pressure in Self-Control Problems
This project aims to study the effect of shame and guilt on people's gym attendance using a field experiment.
Principal Investigator: Jisoo Hwang and Anitha Sivasankaran

Gender Differences in Learning: An Experimental Investigation of Training versus Experience
We investigate the mechanisms driving gender differences in take-up and returns to training for an unfamiliar task in the laboratory.
Principal Investigator: Katie Baldiga and Melissa Ecclestein

The Effect of Tax-Deferred Savings Accounts on Wealth Accumulation
This project uses wealth records for the Danish population to estimate the extent to which expanding tax-deferred savings accounts (e.g. 401(k)s, IRA's) increases the total level of savings in the economy.
Principal Investigator: John Friedman

Does Firm Liquidity Affect Employment?
Using unique data to test whether firms' employment decisions are sensitive to the amount of cash they have on hand.
Principal Investigator: Danny Yagan

Negotiating Delivery: Can Spousal Involvement Improve Maternal Health
This project explores the impact of increasing spousal involvement in savings decisions and birth planing on safe maternal delivery in a slum area of Nairobi, Kenya. 
Principal Investigator: Jessica Cohen and Margaret McConnell

2009/2010

Policy Lessons from the Universe of United States Tax Records
Using the universe of individual tax records for the United States from 1996-2008, this project investigates a broad range of questions related to tax policy.
Principal Investigator: Raj Chetty