Welcome. My main research area is industrial development
-- firms, innovation, productivity, trade, industrial policy,
labor markets in developing countries. A number of my papers
have been concerned with the process of quality upgrading --
why and how firms raise quality when they sell to richer
countries, and the consequences for labor and other input
markets. Recently I've been working on technology adoption and
productivity estimation, among other topics. Links to my
academic papers and other writings are below.
Mailing address: 420 W. 118th St., Room 1022, MC 3308, New
York, NY 10027
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Tel: (212) 854-4428
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Employees in Improving Payroll-Tax Compliance: Evidence
from Mexico.” With Todd Kumler and Judith A. Frías.
Forthcoming, Review of Economics and Statistics. Appendix.
Destinations and Input Prices.” With Paulo Bastos and
Joana Silva. American Economic Review, v. 108, no. 2, pp.
353-392, Feb. 2018.
Appendix A. Appendix
Barriers to Technology Adoption: Evidence from Soccer-Ball
Producers in Pakistan.” With David Atkin, Azam
Chaudhry, Shamyla Chaudry, and Amit Khandelwal. Quarterly Journal of Economics, v. 132, no. 3,
pp. 1101-1164, Aug. 2017. Appendix
Video: "Big Questions/Big Ideas: Incentives in
- Related article: "How
Labor Standards Can Be Good for Growth" Harvard
Business Revew (online). pdf.
Video: "Footballs in Pakistan: An Innovation Story"
- Media coverage:
Canada AM (national morning news),
Marketplace (American Public Media),
The Atlantic online,
The New Republic online,
Wall Street Journal Real Time Economics blog,
NBER Digest, Columbia
Econômico (Brazil), The
Nation (Pakistan), phys.org,
Blattman's blog, Stephen
Dubner's TMSIDK podcast (at 29:54), Dagens
- Columbia Business School Case 180311: "Innovation
in Pakistan's Soccer Ball Industry: Barriers to Adoption".
the Origins and Development of Pakistan’s Soccer-Ball
Cluster.” With David Atkin, Azam Chaudhry, Shamyla
Chaudry, Amit Khandelwal, and Tariq Raza. World Bank
Economic Review (ABCDE Conference Papers & Proceedings),
v. 30, no. S1, pp. S34-S41, March 2017.
and Cost Dispersion Across Firms: Direct Evidence from
Producer Surveys in Pakistan.” With David Atkin, Azam
Chaudhry, Shamyla Chaudry, and Amit Khandelwal. American
Economic Review Papers & Proceedings, v. 105, no. 5, pp.
537–544, May 2015. Online
and Within-Plant Wage Distributions: Evidence from Mexico.”
With Judith A. Frías and David S. Kaplan. American Economic
Review Papers & Proceedings, v. 102, no. 3, pp. 435-440,
May 2012. Online
Plant Size, and Product Quality.” With Maurice Kugler.
Review of Economic Studies, vol. 79 no. 1, pp. 307-339, Jan.
and Imported Inputs: New Facts and an Interpretation.”
With Maurice Kugler. American Economic Review Papers and
Proceedings, v. 99 no. 2, pp. 501-507, May 2009. (.bib)
Supplementary material: Appendix
Caps, Sorting, and the Regression Discontinuity Design.”
With Miguel Urquiola. American Economic Review, v. 99 no. 1,
pp. 179-215, March 2009. (.bib)
Quality Upgrading and Wage Inequality in the Mexican
Manufacturing Sector.” Quarterly Journal of Economics,
vol. 123, no. 2, pp. 489-530, May 2008. (.bib)
- Reprinted in Trade
and Inequality, ed. Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg,
Oxford University Press, 2015.
- Earlier versions: (1) June 2007: CEPR
#2913; (2) Jan. 2004: UC
Berkeley Center for Labor Economics #67.
- Press mentions: Wall
Street Journal, May 24, 2007, page A1 (Volkswagen
example drawn in part from this paper.) In Spanish: La
Reforma (México D.F.), May 24, 2007, Negocios p. 10.
Non-technical summary: SIPA
News, Jan. 2009.
and Freight-Handlers: Local Labor Market Conditions and
Wage Fairness Perceptions in a Trucking Firm.” With
Stephen V. Burks and Jeffrey P. Carpenter. Industrial and
Labor Relations Review, vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 477-498, July
Students to Workers: The Effects of Social Framing on
Behavior in Distribution Games.” With Jeffrey P.
Carpenter and Stephen V. Burks. In J. P. Carpenter, G.
Harrison, and J. List eds., Research in Experimental
Economics, vol. 10. Amsterdam, Boston: JAI/Elsevier, 2005. (.bib)
Effect of Stakes in Distribution Experiments.” With
Stephen V. Burks and Jeffrey P. Carpenter. Economics
Letters, vol. 86, no. 2, Feb. 2005. (.bib)
Both Roles in the Trust Game.” With Stephen V. Burks
and Jeffrey P. Carpenter. Journal of Economic Behavior and
Organization, vol. 51 no.2, pp. 195-216, June 2003. (.bib)
Non-Technical, Comments etc.:
- Columbia Business School Case Study: "Innovation
in Pakistan's Soccer Ball Industry: Barriers to Adoption."
With R. A. Farrokhnia and Amit Khandelwal. CBS Case 180311.
Outputs Means Upgrading Inputs." With Paulo Bastos and
Joana Silva. VoxDev, Feb.
Technology Adoption in Pakistani Firms." With David
Atkin, Azam Chaudhry, and Amit Khandelwal. VoxDev,
Payroll-Tax Compliance Through Decentralized Monitoring,"
VoxDev. June 2017.
- WTO Global Diagues Lecture: "Trade,
the Wage Premium, and Inequality in Developing Countries."
Dec. 20, 2016. Short
Labor Standards Can Be Good for Growth," Harvard
Business Revew (online), April 27, 2016. (pdf)
Industrial e Innovación: Notas para una Nueva Estrategia
de Desarrollo Industrial en México.” Boletin
Informativo Techint, Edición Especial, Oct. 2013. [English
Structure and Innovation: Notes Toward a New Strategy for
Industrial Development in Mexico.”] Appendix.
Firms, Trade and the Links to Growth,” Plenary talk at
International Growth Centre (IGC) Growth Week 2012 (slides).
de Precios de los Insumos de Origen Nacional y Extranjero
en la Industria Colombiana.” With Gilma Beatriz
Ferreira Villegas, Maurice Kugler, Germán Pérez Hernández,
and Luis Miguel Suarez Cruz. Revista ib de la Información
Básica, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 72-84, Dec. 2011.
- Comment on “The Effect of Mexican Workforce Migration on
the Mexican Maquiladora Labor Market,” by Scott E. Atkinson
and Marilyn Ibarra, Economía, vol. 8, no. 1, Fall 2007.
- Comment on “Globalization, Migration and Development: The
Role of Mexican Migrant Remittances,” by Ernesto
López-Córdova. Economía, vol. 6, no. 1, Fall 2005.