Prakarsh Singh

Economist, Amazon.


Location: Seattle, WA.

Ph.D., MRes. and BSc. Economics, London School of Economics
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Economics, Amherst College.
IZA Research Affiliate.
Visiting Fellow, Navarra Center for International Development, University of Navarra.

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Brief Bio:
Prakarsh Singh is an Economist at Amazon. He was formerly Assistant Professor of Economics at Amherst College, Massachusetts from 2011-2017 and was on leave from the College during 2017-18. 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.

At Amazon, Prakarsh specializes in applied econometrics, reduced form causal estimation, big data analysis and experimentation.

His main area of academic research is the impact of performance pay in the public sector. 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 has received research grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (twice), 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 Health Economics, The Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, The Journal of Conflict ResolutionBE Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, The Economics of Education Review, The Journal of Development Studies, Journal of African Economies, Defence and Peace Economics, Eastern Economic Journal, 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 and was a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting professor at Swarthmore College during 2014-15.