Prabhat Barnwal

Associate Professor

Department of Economics

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan,


Associate Professor (since 2024),  Assistant Professor (2015-24),  Department of Economics, Michigan State University

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Chicago (2016-2017)

Ph.D. - Columbia University (2010-15)

Curriculum Vitae

Statement of Research

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Curbing Leakage in Public Programs: Evidence from India's Direct Benefit Transfer Policy, 2023 (Accepted, pending Data Editor review) -- American Economic Review). 

Is Electrification in India Fiscally Sustainable?  with Nicholas Ryan.  India Policy Forum , vol. 20, 2023

Democracy and Firm Productivity: Evidence from Indonesia. with Ama Baafra Abeberese, Ritam Chaurey, and Priya Mukherjee. Review of Economics and Statistics, 2023.

Assessment of Excess Mortality and Household Income in Rural Bangladesh During the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020.  with Yuling Yao, Yiqian Wang, Nishat Akter Juy, Shabib Raihan, Mohammad Ashraful Haque, and Alexander van Geen. JAMA Network Open, 2021.

Health Impacts of the Green Revolution: Evidence from 600,000 Births across the Developing World. with Aaditya Dar, Ram Fishman, Gordon McCord, Nathan Mueller, and Jan von der Goltz. Journal of Health Economics, 2020.

Mines: The Local Wealth and Health Effects of Mineral Mining in Developing Countries. with Jan von der Goltz. Journal of Development Economics, 2019. 

Effectiveness of different approaches to arsenic mitigation over 18 years in Araihazar, Bangladesh: Implications for National Policy.  with Nadia B. Jamil, Huan Feng, Kazi Matin Ahmed, Imtiaz Choudhury, and Alexander van Geen. Environmental Science and Technology, 2019. (Global Drinking Water Best Paper Award 2020, TU Delft.)

Demand for Environmental Quality Information and Household Response: Evidence from Well-water Arsenic Testing. with Alexander van GeenJan von der Goltz, and Chander Kumar Singh. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2017. 

Climatic Impacts across Agricultural Crop Yield Distributions: An Application of Quantile Regression on Rice Crops in Andhra Pradesh, India. with Koji Kotani. Ecological Economics, 2013.

Working papers

Targeting through Social Norms: Experimental Evidence from India’s #GiveItUp Campaign. with Nicholas Ryan. Accepted, based on pre-results review, at the Journal of Development Economics, 2020. Eventual publication venue TBD. 

Informal Risk Sharing to Mitigate Local Environmental Risks. with Alexander van Geen and Yiqian Wang. Accepted, based on pre-results review, at the Journal of Development Economics, 2023. Eventual publication venue TBD.  

Timing the Transfer: Liquidity Constraints and the Transition to Clean Fuels. with Farzana Afridi and Shreya Sarkar,  2024. 

Internal Trade Barriers: Evidence from Indian Trucking (with Jonathan Dingel, Pravin Krishna, Eva van Leemput, and Daniil Iurchenko)  -- Draft available on request

Banks and Informality: Evidence from Dual Balance Sheets of Microenterprises (with Ritam Chaurey, Reajul Chowdhury, and S. K. Ritadhi) -- Draft available on request

Selected work in progress

ICT for Environmental Adaptation: Mitigating Arsenic Exposure in Bangladesh (with Michael Best, Alexander Van Geen, and Jack Willis)

Insuring uncertain investments in preventative health: Deep wells to mitigate arsenic exposure in Bangladesh (with Alexander Van Geen and Jack Willis)

Relighting Detroit: Impacts on Crime and Traffic Accidents  (with Soren Anderson , Elise Breshears , Dylan Brewer , Alex Tybl , and Anna Wood)

Does Serving the Poor Cause Corruption? (with Nicholas Ryan)

Bureaucracy and Digital Governance (with Aaditya Dar and Aprajit Mahajan)