Working Papers

Recent estimates are that about 150 million children under five years of age are stunted, with substantial negative consequences for their schooling, cognitive skills, health, and economic productivity.

We study the role of wealth in the marriage contract by developing a model of the household where investments in public goods can be made at the cost of future earnings.

The economic analysis of the "market for marriage" has a long tradition. Two more recent developments have made it the focus of renewed interest: new models of household behavior, and a class of tractable specifications for econometric work.

We study the role of non-cognitive skills (NCS) in university readiness and performance of first-in-family students (FIFS) using both nationally representative survey data and linked survey-administrative data on an incoming student cohort at a leading Australian university.

Communities across the United States are reconsidering the public safety benefits of prosecuting nonviolent misdemeanor offenses. So far there has been little empirical evidence to inform policy in this area.

A two-year randomized evaluation shows that the effectiveness of mobile mentors on schooling outcomes crucially depends on their training.

A long-standing challenge for welfare economics is to develop welfare criteria that can be applied to allocations with different population levels.