This is where you can find my current working papers.
Really Useful Synthetic Data — Promises and Challenges of Releasing Sensitive Information With Differentially Private Data Synthesizers
Scaling Lower Court Decisions
Benjamin Engst, Thomas Gschwend and I propose a model that measures legal decisions of lower courts using widely available citations of legal sources. We show that some German Landgerichte indeed have a bias and use it to engage in ‘forum selling’. [paper]
How Presidents Answer the Call of International Capital
Hidden in Plain Sight? Detecting Electoral Irregularities Using Statutory Results
In this paper with Michelle Brown (NDI), J. Andrew Harris (NYU AD) and Zach Warner (Cardiff) we argue that the literature on electoral fraud suffers from its reliance on an ideal election as a baseline case, and delineate an alternative data-generating process for the irregularities often seen in developing democracies: benign human error. Using computer vision and deep learning tools, we identify statutory irregularities for each of 30,000 polling stations in Kenya’s 2013 presidential election. [paper]