Michael Callen

Michael Callen is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. He completed his Ph.D. in economics at the University of California, San Diego in 2011. His current research is in development economics, political economy, and experimental economics. He has active research in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Uganda, Pakistan and at the newly established American University Afghanistan Behavioral Research Laboratory. Callen has published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the British Journal of Political Science, and has research under invited resubmission at the American Economic Review and the Journal of International Economics. He has a BSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics. 

Researcher's Grant Projects

The research team considers the ability of mobile salary payments in Afghanistan to mitigate constraints on workers and businesses such as weak security, reliability, and efficiency by examining the deployment of a service that allows Afghan firms to pay salaries directly to employees' mobile phones.
Researchers: Michael Callen, Joshua Blumenstock, Tarek Ghani
Grants Round: 1st Round
Country: Afghanistan
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states