Research

Research Interests

My primary research interests include development, labor, and public policy and economics of education.

My primary field of research is development economics, and my secondary fields are labor, and economics of education. My fundamental research can be broadly classified into three interrelated categories. The first concerns understanding the effectiveness of government polices geared towards improving the lives of poor in developing countries. The second revolves around improving educational outcomes in developing countries by examining the role of demand and supply side inventions. The third involves understanding the role of governance and institutions in economic development.

Towards an endeavor to combine the research in these interrelated areas with genuine policy impact, I continuously seek to enhance my understanding of development strategies. My intent is to gain and provide intellectual leadership in the exploration of development policies with real policy implications. What will always drive me is the passion to analyze and evaluate government interventions to help developing countries formulate and adopt the right policies.

Publications in Refereed Journals

1. Cycling to School: Increasing Secondary School Enrollment for Girls in India, with Karthik Muralidharan (UC- San Diego, NBER, BREAD, CEGA, J-PAL & IPA), forthcoming in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
2. Does Political Reservation for Minorities Affect Child Labor? Evidence from India, with Elizabeth Kaletski (Ithaca College), forthcoming in World Development

3. Can Elected Minority Representatives Affect Health Worker Visits? Evidence from Rural India, with Elizabeth Kaletski (Ithaca College), forthcoming in Review of Development Economics

  • Published Version

4. Does Constitutionalizing Economic and Social Rights Promote their Fulfillment, with Elizabeth Kaletski (Ithaca College), Lanse Minkler (University of Connecticut) and Susan Randolph (University of Connecticut), forthcoming in Journal of Human Rights

5. A Distributional Analysis of Public Private Wage Differential in India, with Mehtabul Azam (Oklahoma State University), LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, vol. 29 (4), December 2015, pp 394-414

6. The Returns to English-Language Skills in India, with Mehtabul Azam (Oklahoma State University) and Aimee Chin (University of Houston, NBER & IZA), Economic Development and Cultural Change, vol. 61 (2), January 2013, pp 335-367

7. Consumption and Social Identity: Evidence from India, with Melanie Khamis (Wesleyan University) and Zahra Siddique (University of Reading), Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol. 83 (3), August 2012, pp 353-371

8. Do School Lunch Subsidies Change the Dietary Patterns of Children from Low-Income Households?, with Larry Howard (California State University-Fullerton), Contemporary Economic Policy, vol. 30 (3), July 2012, pp 362-381
9. Do Employment Quotas Explain the Occupational Choices of Disadvantaged Minorities in India?, with Larry Howard (California State University- Fullerton), International Review of Applied Economics, vol. 26 (4), July 2012, pp 489-513

10. The Redistributive Effects of Political Reservation for Minorities: Evidence from India, with Aimee Chin (University of Houston), Journal of Development Economics, vol. 96 (2), November 2011, pp 265-277

11. Skill Mapping and Skill Development for Employability: The Case of Cuttack, with Satpathy, Anoop K. and Mishra, Jimuta, Indian Journal of Labor Economics, vol. 45 (4), 2002

Other Refereed Publications

1. Affirmative Action Policy in Developing Countries: Lessons Learned and Way Forward, with Elizabeth Kaletski (Ithaca College), in UNU-WIDER Working Paper 52/2016

2. Bihar's Alcohol Ban: Good Intentions, Impractical Policy, with Sanjeev Kumar (Yale University), in Economic & Political Weekly, vol. 51 (1), January 2016

3. The Impact of Change in Primary Completion Rate on Learning Outcomes in India, with Bhanu Gupta (University of Michigan), in UNESCO Global Monitoring Report, 2015

4. Impact of the Village Health and Sanitation Committee on Health-Care Utilization: Findings from Propensity Score Matching in India, with Santosh Kumar (Sam Houston State University), in The Lancet, vol. 381 (2), 17-19 June 2013, pp S77

Working Papers

 

1. The Role of Constitutions on Poverty: A Cross-National Investigation, with Lanse Minkler (University of Connecticut), revision requested from Journal of Comparative Economics

2. Do Criminally Accused Politicians Affect Economic Outcomes? Evidence from India, with Yogesh Uppal (Youngstown State University) and Marc Rockmore (Clark University)

3. Dowry: Household Responses to Expected Marriage Payments, with S Anukriti (Boston College) and Sungoh Kwon (University of Connecticut)

4. Girls for Sale? Son Preference and Girls Trafficking in India, with Krishna C. Vadlamannati (University College Dublin), revision requested from Feminist Economics

5. Improving the Labor Market Outcomes of Minorities: The Role of Employment Quota

  • Current Draft

6. Eff.ect of Female Leadership on Institutional Births and Child Mortality in India, with Santosh Kumar (Sam Houston State University), revision requested from Social Science & Medicine

  • Current Draft

7. Education Policies and Practices: What have we Learnt so far and the Road Ahead?, with Priya Ranjan (University of California - Irvine)  

Selected Works in Progress

1. Political Change and Crime Reduction in Bihar, with Oliver Vanden Eynde (Paris School of Economics), Clement Imbert (University of Warwick) and Chinmaya Kumar

2. Understanding Career Choice in a Developing Country: Reading the Mind of High School Students in Cities of India, with Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay (Indian Statistical Institute) and Tarun Jain (Indian School of Business)

3. Social Ties and Bureaucratic Corruption in India, with Ray Fisman (Boston University)

4. Habit Formation and Self-Control in Study Effort, with Gautam Rao (Harvard University) and Anett John (CREST)