I am an assistant professor the Department of Economics Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

My research focuses on the political economy of less-developed countries using modern and historical data. I have worked on the assigning of property rights in the United States, ethnic partitioning in Africa, the political legacy of mass killings in Cambodia and the impact of school reforms in Cambodia.

I work with historical and high resolution spatial data, some digitized for the first time specifically for the projects you find below.


Working Papers

State Repression, Exit, and Voice: Living in the shadow of Cambodia's Killing Fields

with Andreas Madestam
[Show/hide abstract] [Latest version] [CEPR WP 18815]
Revision Requested at The Review of Economic Studies

From Couch to Poll: Media Content and the Value of Local Information

with Andrew Dickens
[Show/hide abstract] [Latest version] [CESifo WP 10959]

City Directories as a Source of Historical Microdata: Progress Report

with Davide Cantoni and Matthias Weigand
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On the other side of the fence: Property rights and productivity in the United States

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Journal of the European Economic Association, 21(1): 93-134, 2023.

Female Education and Social Change

with Leonhard Vollmer and Johannes Wimmer
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Journal of Economic Growth, 29(1): 79-119, 2024.

Who benefits from Free Trade?

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World Development, 179 (July), 2024.

Work in Progress

Who Benefits from Free Education? Long-Term Evidence from a Policy Experiment in Cambodia

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with Maria Cheung, Andreas Madestam and Jakob Svensson

A Chicken in Every Pot? The Political Consequences of a Large Wealth Shock in the Western United States

with Jerome Schäfer

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