I received my PhD from Paris School of Economics. My research interests are development economics and economic history. My research focuses on understanding the long-run processes of economic development, cultural and political change. I am more specifically interested in education policies and state building in developing countries, especially in Africa. I am also interested in social mobility. My work often involves the creation of novel large datasets from historical archives or the precise geolocation of administrative data, and the study of historical shocks or "natural experiments".
I am on the academic job market in 2019/2020.
Job Market Paper
"Education and Polygamy: Evidence from Cameroon" (with Pierre André)
"French and British Colonial Legacies in Education: Evidence from the Partition of Cameroon" (Journal of Economic History 79(3), September 2019, pp. 628-668)
"Fiscal Capacity and Dualism in Colonial States: The French Empire 1830-1962" (with Denis Cogneau and Sandrine Mesplé-Somps, R&R Journal of Economic History) Data appendix
"African states and development in historical perspective: Colonial public finances in British and
French West Africa" (with Denis Cogneau and Sandrine Mesplé-Somps)
"Questionable Inference on the Power of Pre-Colonial Institutions in Africa" (with Denis Cogneau)
Other Ongoing Work
"Fatherless: The Long-Term Effects of Losing a father in the U.S. Civil War" (with Andy Ferrara)
"Colonial Origins of Education Systems and Student Performance in Primary School" (with Yasmine Bekkouche)
"Taxation in Africa from colonial times to present" (with Denis Cogneau, Justine Knebelmann and Sandrine Mesplé-Somps)
"Nation-building, democratization and regional favoritism in European history" (finance by a British Academy/Leverhulme small grant of £ 10,000)