Publications and Accepted Papers

American Economic Review

Adoption of Community Monitoring Improves Common Pool Resource Management Across Contexts (with Tara Slough, Daniel Rubenson, and 16 others).

Forthcoming, PNAS

Working Papers

Social movements are associated with large societal changes, but evidence on their causal effects is limited. We study the effect of the MeToo movement on a high-stakes decision—reporting a sexual crime to the police. We construct a new dataset of sexual and non-sexual crimes reported in 30 OECD countries, covering 88% of the OECD population. We analyze the effect of the MeToo movement by employing a triple-difference strategy over time, across countries, and between crime types. The movement increased reporting of sexual crimes by 10% during its first six months. The effect is persistent and lasts at least 15 months. Because we find a strong effect on reporting before any major changes to laws or policy took place, we attribute the effect to a change in social norms or information. Using more detailed US data, we show that the movement also increased arrests for sexual crimes in the long run. In contrast to a common criticism of the movement, we do not find evidence for large differences in the effect across racial and socioeconomic groups. Our results suggest that social movements can rapidly change high-stakes personal decisions.

Media: Vox, PBS, Dagens Nyheter (Swedish), Politiken (Danish)

Work in Progress

Why do Governments Implement Inefficient Environmental Policies? The Roles of Misunderstanding and Equity (with Maximiliano Lauletta, Joseph S. Shapiro, and Dmitry Taubinsky)

Decomposing the Global Rise of Populist Parties (with Oren Danieli)

Conducting Research on Social Media (with Hannah Luk-Zilberman)

Segregation of Online News and Social Media