Jonas Hjort

Professor of Economics, University College London
Associate Professor of Economics (w/out tenure), Columbia University, Graduate School of Business [on leave from Nov/2021]

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Research Statement (incl. policy cites)

Research on production in developing countries
Published and forthcoming papers
Strategic or Confused Firms? Evidence from "Missing" Transactions in Uganda, with Miguel Almunia, Justine Knebelmann, and Lin TianAccepted, Review of Economics and StatisticsOnline Appendix, NBER working paper no. 29059, CEPR DP no. 16379
How Research Affects Policy: Experimental Evidence from 2,150 Brazilian Municipalities, with Diana Moreira, Gautam Rao, and Juan Francisco SantiniAmerican Economic Review, vol. 111, no. 5, 1442-1480, May 2021NBER working paper no. 25941
Vertical Integration, Supplier Behavior, and Quality Upgrading among Exporters, with Christopher Hansman, Gianmarco León, and Matthieu TeachoutJournal of Political Economy, vol. 128, no. 9, 3570-3625, September 2020*Winner of the Oliver Williamson Award for Best Paper presented at the Society of Institutional and Organizational Economics 2018 annual conference in Montréal*
Interlinked Firms and the Consequences of Piecemeal Regulation, with Christopher Hansman and Gianmarco LeónJournal of the European Economic Association, vol. 17, no. 3, 876-916, June 2019Online Appendix
The Arrival of Fast Internet and Employment in Africa, with Jonas PoulsenAmerican Economic Review, vol. 109, no. 3, 1032-1079, March 2019Online Appendix
Ethnic Divisions and Production in FirmsQuarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 129, no. 4, 1899-1946, November 2014Online Appendix*Winner of the 2013 CESifo Prize for best paper in Applied Microeconomics*
Working papers
Ethnic Investing and the Value of Firms, with Changcheng Song and Christopher YenkeyRevised and resubmitted, Journal of Political EconomyCEPR DP no. 16316
Across-Country Wage Compression in Multinationals, with Xuan Li and Heather SarsonsRevise and resubmit, American Economic ReviewNBER working paper no. 26788, CEPR DP no. 14465
Individuals and Organizations as Sources of State Effectiveness, with Michael Carlos Best and David SzakonyiRevise and resubmit, American Economic ReviewOnline Appendix, Slides, NBER working paper no. 23350, CEPR DP no. 11968, BREAD working paper no. 510
Informational Barriers to Market Access: Experimental Evidence from Liberian Firms, with Vinayak Iyer and Golvine de RochambeauNBER working paper no. 27662, CEPR DP no. 17008
The Missing Middle Managers: Labor Costs, Firm Structure, and Development, with Hannes Malmberg and Todd Schoellman
The Economic Impact of Internet Connectivity in Developing Countries (an overview of the evidence), with Lin Tian

Research on other topics and in non-economics journals
Published and forthcoming papers

Pure-Chance Jobs vs. A Labor Market: The Impact on Careers of a Random Serial Dictatorship for First Job Seekers, with Ashna Arora and Leonard Goff

American Economic Association Papers & Proceedings, vol. 111, 470-475, May 2021
Universal Investment in Infants and Long-run Health, with Mikkel Sølvsten and Miriam WüstAmerican Economic Journal: Applied Economics, vol. 9, issue 4, 78-104, October 2017
Ebola, Jobs, and Economic Activity in Liberia, with Jeremy Bowles, Timothy Melvin, and Eric WerkerBMJ: Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, vol. 70, 271-277, 2016
Pre-colonial Culture, Post-colonial Economic Success? The Tswana and the African Economic Miracle The Economic History Review, vol. 63, no. 3, 688-709, August 2010