Michael Gechter

Michael Gechter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at The Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on methodological issues in development economics. One strand of his work involves making externally valid causal effect predictions. The second concerns the effect of interactions between regulations, informality, and state capacity on allocative efficiency.

Content by Michael Gechter
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Economic impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns: An examination of recoveries in Jordan

    The unemployed share of the adult population in Jordan increased from 7% to 16% during the lockdown that lasted from 18th March to 15th April 2020. The unemployment share improved to 11% by September 2020, falling short of the pre-lockdown level. Wage earnings decreased by 42% of pre-pandemic baseline levels on average during lockdown. These partially recovered after...

    4 Dec 2020 | Luisa CefalĂ , Michael Gechter, Nick Tsivanidis, Nathaniel Young

  • Project

    How do environmental firm relocation policies affect firms, workers, and environmental quality?

    Private sector productivity growth has increased significantly since the early 1990s in India (Bollard et al, 2013). An important proportion of these productivity gains have been attributed to lower regulatory barriers and increased access to trading opportunities. A significant source of regulation in India that has been relatively understudied in terms of its impacts on...

    18 Dec 2019 | Namrata Kala, Michael Gechter