Research

My research is in the areas of political economy, development economics, and comparative development, focusing on long-run economic growth, culture, geography, and institutions. The publications and completed papers are presented below:

Papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Dynamical system model predicts when social learners impair collective performance”,
with Yang V., Galesic M. (Santa Fe Institute), McGuinness H. (John Hopkins),
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118.35 (2021).
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National Identity and Public Goods Provision”,
sole-authored,
Comparative Economic Studies 62.1 (2020): 1-33.
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Do Migrants Think Differently? Evidence from Eastern European and post-Soviet states”,
with Berlinschi R. (KU Leuven),
International Migration Review 53.3 (2019): 831-868.
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Culture, Diffusion, and Economic Development: The Problem of Observational Equivalence”,
with Ozak O. (Southern Methodist University),
Economics Letters 158 (2017): 94-100.
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The European Union as an International Donor: Perceptions from Latin America and the Caribbean”,
with Serban D. (King’s College London),
European Journal of Development Research (2020): 1-20.
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Two State Disputes and Outside Intervention: The Case of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict”,
sole-authored,
Eurasian Economic Review 7.1 (2017): 69-93.
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Completed papers listed in working paper series

“How Does the World Bank Influence the Development Policy Priorities of Low-Income and Lower-Middle Income Countries?”,
with Knack S. (World Bank), Parks B. (William & Mary), DiLorenzo M. (Old Dominion),
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series 9225.
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“Culture, Diffusion, and Economic development”,
with Ozak O. (Southern Methodist University),
LICOS Discussion Paper Series 382/2016.
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Policy reports

“Development Cooperation from a Partner Perspective: How can Germany and other donors perform better in the eyes of their partner countries?“,
DEval – German Institute for Development Evaluation, 2020, Bonn, Germany.
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“Great Power Competition in former Soviet space. Public perceptions and elite alignment of the United States, Russia, and China.”,
Harriman Institute, Columbia University, 2019, New York City, NY.
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“Listening to Leaders 2018. Is development cooperation tuned-in or tone-deaf?”,
College of William & Mary, 2018, Williamsburg, VA.
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Blog posts

“What makes the World Bank so influential—its money or its ideas?
Future Development, May 19, 2020, Brookings Institution.
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