Recent & Upcoming Talks

  • [2018-4] Brown Macro Lunch
  • [2018-5] RSAI2018 Goa, India
  • [2018-6] WEAI Vancouver, British Columbia

Recent Posts

Propedeutics and Motivation. Urbanisation in developing economies is finally starting to get the recognition that it deserves within the profession. Apart from the recent special issue in the JoUE edited by Glaeser and Henderson (2017), there finally is a paper that provides a theoretical explanation for how poor megacities can come about: Jedwab and Vollrath (forthcoming) in the AEJ:Macro (I personally would have loved to see that in a top5 since it is so unique and the first of its kind)1.


Create a beautifully simple website or blog in under 10 minutes.


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Colonialism in the Indian Ocean

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Pre-industrial Urban Dynamics

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Some random links and resources

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Things that (supposedly) make me more productive
  • Sublime, a truly sublime texteditor
  • Within R: (recently all these packages were merged together with others by R-god Hadley Wickham into the metapackage tidyverse)
    • dplyr (the next (last?) iteration of ‘plyr’, the most powerful data wrangling package on earth; across all platforms)
    • tidyr (the evolution of ‘reshape2’, powerful in changing the layout of data - e.g. cross-section to panel and vice-versa)
    • magrittr (a pipe operator that makes code nicer)
  • Gummi, a slim TeX-editor with live update


Currently I am, inter alia, working on an R-package to implement mutliple Spatial-, or Geographic Regression Discontinuity Design estimation strategies.
It is called SpatialRDD and a first version will be released in April 2019 on Github.


Resources for courses I co-taught or TA’d

A.A. 2018/19

A.A. 2016/17