My research examines the relationship between governance, natural resources and economic development. My DPhil (PhD) thesis, The economic effects of natural resource extraction, was supervised by Tony Venables and Rick van der Ploeg.

Governance and natural resources


1. Institutions and the location of oil exploration (2017) (OxCarre Research Paper 127) (with Torfinn Harding). Accepted at JEEA.

2. Evidence for a presource curse? Oil discoveries, elevated expectations and growth disappointments (2017) (with David Mihalyi) World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8140. 

3. Carbon wealth of nations: from rents to risks. Book chapter in The Changing Wealth of Nations, January 2018, World Bank. (with David Manley).

4. Stranded nations? Climate policy implications for fossil-fuel rich developing countries. OxCarre Policy Paper 34 (with David Manley and Giorgia Cecchinato).

5. Unburnable wealth of nations. Finance and Development, March 2017, IMF. (with David Manley and Giorgia Cecchinato).

6. Forest loss and oil drilling: a matter of governance? (under review) (with Hanna Krings and Torfinn Harding).

7. Common pool resources across national borders (work in progress) (with Thomas Nielsen, Thomas Scaffadi and Torfinn Harding).

The economic effects of natural resource extraction

1. Dutch Disease Resistance: Evidence from Indonesian Firms (OxCarre Research Working Paper Series Number 192) (with Torfinn Harding and Pierre-Louis Vezina). Conditional acceptance at JAERE.

2. Disentangling the effects of resource extraction: local government and investment multipliers ( Economic Growth Centre Working Paper Series with number 1402.) (with Ridwan Rusli).

3. The local economic impacts of natural resource extraction (published in the Annual Review of Resource Economics, 7, 2015) (with Steven Poelhekke)

Infrastructure and economic development

1. Investing in Africa’s infrastructure: financing and policy options (published in the Annual Review of Resource Economics, 7, 2015) (with Paul Collier)

2. Growth, Nighttime Lights and Power Infrastructure Investment: Evidence from Angola (2016) (OxCarre Research Paper 185) (with Qi Zhang)