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Nishith Prakash, Ph.D. (Economics)


Nishith Prakash is an assistant professor of economics on a joint position with the Department of Economics and the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. 

Born and raised in Bihar, India, he  earned B.A. (honors) in economics from Shivaji College, an M.A. in economics from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University (India), and a Ph.D. in economics from University of Houston, TX and was a post-doctoral research associate at Cornell University, NY from July 2010 till December 2011. He previously held visiting Assistant Professor Positions at Ohio University and Dartmouth College

He is a Research Fellow at  Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), HiCN Households in Conflict Network, and Member of Insights on Immigration and Development (INSIDE-SPAIN). He is currently serving in the Editorial Board of the journal Economies.

Prof. Prakash’s primary research interests include development, labor, and public policy and economics of education. One line of his work focuses on understanding the effects of affirmative action policies in India on labor market outcomes, child labor and poverty. His other work has examined topics such as the returns to English-language skills, effects of crime on economic growth, effect of politician quality on economic outcomes in India, and evaluation of welfare and behavioral impacts of Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) in Kenya. Through his academic pursuit, he has focused on the relationship between government policies and economic development and harnessed rigorous empirical evidence to study the impact of policies and institutions in enabling inclusive growth. He has experience in conducting surveys in developing countries and working with large scale observational and administrative data sets. His teaching interests includes Development Economics, Applied Econometrics and Economics of Gender and Inequality.

Professor Prakash’s research has been covered in The Economist, World Bank Development Impact Blog, The Atlantic, The Hindu, The Times of India, and other national and international newspaper.


Contact Information

Assistant Professor of Economics
Department of Economics and Human Rights Institute
365 Fairfield Way, Oak Hall, Room No. 331
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-1063 USA

Office: +1-860-486-8958 
Fax: +1-860-486-4463 
Email: nishith.prakash@uconn.edu

For the Spring 2015 and Summer 2015, I am visiting Yale School of Management, Yale University and Department of Economics, Columbia University.

Current Information


Visiting Fellow
Yale University, School of Management
Evans 3447, 165 Whitney Avenue
PO Box 208200, New Haven, CT 06520

Office: +1-203-436-9426
Email: nishith.prakash@yale.edu



One of my favorite quote from Mahatma Gandhi


“Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning.”  


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