Michael Walker

Michael Walker is a Ph.D. student in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.A. in Economics with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University in 2009. He has previously been a Research Associate and Assitant Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Research Assistant to Professor Edward Miguel at Berkeley.

Content by Michael Walker
  • Publication - Working Paper

    Informal taxation and cash transfers: Experimental evidence from Kenya

    7 Jun 2018 | Michael Walker

  • Blog post

    Informal taxation in rural Kenya

    The informal taxation system in Kenya is widespread and regressive. It responds to changes in permanent income, rather than temporary income, suggesting that permanent income increases are important for public goods provision. A central question in development economics is how to fund public goods such as water resources, roads, and schools. The standard mechanism of doing...

    21 Mar 2018 | Michael Walker

  • Project

    Spatial equilibrium effects of positive wealth shocks

    From the perspective of urban economics, a core constraint facing rural populations is likely their inability to concentrate purchasing power geographically. This is driven by the fact that (i) most primary export products (agricultural goods) require a lot of land, relative to labour for production, and (2) are exports are typically low-margin commodities.  We propose to...

    25 Feb 2016 | Edward Miguel, Paul Niehaus, Johannes Haushofer, Michael Walker