Girish Bahal

Assistant Professor at the University of Western Australia Business School.

Ph.D. in Economics, University of Cambridge.

Research interests: Networks in Economics, Macroeconomics, and Labor Economics.

You can find my CV here.

Email: girish.bahal[at]


A Tale of Two Programs: Assessing Treatment and Control in NREGA Studies (app, World Bank working paper version), World Bank Economic Review (forthcoming)

Supply Variabilities in Public Workfares with Anand Shrivastava, Journal of Development Economics, 2021

Estimating the Impact of Welfare Programs on Agricultural Output: Evidence from India, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2020

Crowding-Out or Crowding-In? Public and Private Investment in India (IMF working paper version), with Mehdi Raissi and Volodymyr Tulin, World Development, 2018


2020-2022 ‘Religion and Covid-19’ supported by Keynes Fund, University of Cambridge. Joint with Sriya Iyer (University of Cambridge) and Anand Shrivastava (Azim Premji University). Amount: $85,000. Role: Principal Investigator.

2019-2022 ‘Social Identities and the Labour Market?’ supported by IWWAGE (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). Joint with researchers from IIM Bangalore and Azim Premji University. Amount: $500,000. Role: Principal Investigator.

Find a full list of all grants here.

Working Papers

Deconstructing Aggregate Fluctuations (submitted) with Damian Lenzo

Program Capital: The Cumulative Effect of Public Workfares (submitted) Older Cambridge working paper version

Fiscal Transfers and Inflation: Evidence from India with Anand Shrivastava (submitted) Older CSE working paper version

The Effect of Supply Base Diversification on the Propagation of Shocks with Connor Jenkins (draft coming soon)

Work in Progress

"Covid-19, Religion, and Health" with Sriya Iyer and Anand Shrivastava

"When Firms Matter" with Anand Shrivastava

"Social Identities and the Labour Market" with Rosa Abraham, Amit Basole, Deepti Goel, Rahul Lahoti, Anand Shrivastava, and Hema Swaminathan