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My research activities are mainly focused along two distinct but related lines. The first line is concerned with the relationship between ascriptive identities and preferences over public goods, and how this relationship is mediated by varying levels of state capacity. The second line explores how communities, social networks, and residential proximity can structure economic and political activity.

Ascriptive identities and public-goods preferences

“Segregation and Preferences: Evidence from Indian Slums.” Under review.

“Deficit Anxiety: Current Account Balance and Trade Preferences.” Revise & Resubmit at International Studies Quarterly.

“Subnational Identification and Other-Regarding Preferences”

Communities, social networks, and political activity

“The ‘Protestant Ethic’ Re-Examined: Calvinism in Switzerland During the Industrial Revolution” (with Isak Tranvik). Forthcoming at Comparative Political Studies.

“Social Density, Clientelism and Vote Banking” (with Erik Wibbels). Under review.

Political institutions, formal theory

“Political Uncertainty and the Confidence Vote.” Revise & Resubmit at Legislative Studies Quarterly.