Ph.D., London School of Economics.
Area of Specialization in Economics: Development Economics, Personnel Economics of the State, Economics of Conflict.
Contextual Specialization: Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) in India; Child undernutrition;
Conflicts in Punjab, Assam, Kenya, Peru.
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Prakarsh Singh is Assistant Professor of Economics at Amherst College, Massachusetts. He completed his Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics in 2011. He has an MRes. and a BSc. in Economics also from the London School of Economics. His main area of research is the impact of performance pay to caregivers on child malnutrition in India. He has carried out four field experiments in India in association with state governments in India, targeting child malnutrition in Chandigarh (twice), West Bengal, and Punjab. He is currently working with ICDS in Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan on projects in collaboration with J-PAL. He has received research grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID, UNU-WIDER, Fordham University, and several state governments in India (Punjab, West Bengal, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan). He has published in The Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, BE Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, The Economics of Education Review, The Journal of Development Studies, Journal of African Economies, Defence and Peace Economics, The Economics of Peace and Security Journal and The Journal of Economic Education. He was the main organizer of the inaugural Liberal Arts Colleges Development Economics Conference held at Amherst College in October, 2013. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Navarra Center for International Development, Spain where he teaches in the Summer School and was a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting professor at Swarthmore College during 2014-15.