Center for Southeast Asian Studies Specific Assistant Professor
Development Economics, Political Economy, Applied Microeconometrics
My research interests are in development economics, political economy, and applied microeconometrics. My research focuses on better understanding the process of social and economic change and development, with an emphasis on the role of institutions (both formal and informal ones) as well as human rationality. I have studied human behaviors and development in Cambodia after the institutional catastrophe under the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979). I am now working on a project examining the formation of power after its collapse, its change through time, and their impacts on economic development. I am also interested in developing methodological tools that help in exploring those research themes.