Oyebola Okunogbe '06 Wins AEJ 2023 Best Paper Award

The Department of Economics congratulates Oyebola Okunogbe '06 for receiving the 2023 Best Paper award for the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.

Her article, "Technology, Taxation, and Corruption: Evidence from the Introduction of Electronic Tax Filing," examines the impact of electronic tax filing (to replace in-person submission to tax officials) using data from Tajikistan firms. Oyebola and her co-author, Victor Pouliquen, show that e-filing significantly reduces the time firms spend on taxes, increases taxes paid by firms previously more likely to evade, and reduces tax payments among firms previously less likely to evade. Oyebola graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth with a major in Economics, earned graduate degrees in International Development and Public Policy from Harvard, and now works as an economist in the World Bank Development Research Group.