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Evanston IL 60208-2600

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Kinship and Financial Networks, Formal Financial Access and Risk Reduction, with Robert Townsend. American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 102(2), May 2012.

The miracle of microfinance? Evidence from a randomized evaluation, with Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Rachel Glennerster. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 7(1): 22-53, January 2015.
Data and online appendix

Working Papers:

Social Networks as Contract Enforcement: Evidence from a lab experiment in the field, with Arun Chandrasekhar and Horacio Larreguy, February 2015. Revision requested.
(Previously titled “Informal Insurance, Social Networks, and Savings Access: Evidence from a Lab Experiment in the Field”)

Relaxing Migration Constraints for Rural Households, with Shing-Yi Wang and Yongxiang Wang, June 2015.

Distinguishing barriers to insurance in Thai villages, December 2014. Revision requested.
Longer version (2011)

Work in Progress:

Do credit constraints limit entrepreneurship? Heterogeneity in the returns to microfinance, with Abhijit Banerjee, Emily Breza and Esther Duflo

Microfinance as commitment savings: Evidence from the AP crisis aftermath, with Abhijit Banerjee, Emily Breza, Esther Duflo and K. B. Prathap

The macro impacts of microfinance: Evidence from the AP crisis, with Emily Breza

The effect of mobile money on adopters’ social networks, with Alfredo Burlando and Silvia Prina

Information, networks and informal insurance: Evidence from a lab experiment in the field, with Arun Chandrasekhar and Horacio Larreguy.
This version: August 2011

The value of health insurance: A field experiment in India, with Gabriella Conti, Kosuke Imai, Ramanan Laxminarayan, Anup Malani and Alessandra Voena

Kinship networks and limited commitment: Theory and evidence from Thailand, with Robert Townsend

The impact of business training for private sector health providers in Nigeria, with Minki Chatterji



326: Economics of Developing Countries (Winter)

425-2: Theory of Economic Development (Winter)

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