Maulik Jagnani

About Me

I am a 5th-year PhD candidate in Applied Economics at Cornell University. I am currently on the job market and will be available for interviews at the 2019 ASSA meetings in Atlanta.

I am an applied microeconomist with interests across Development Economics, Environmental Economics, and Labor Economics. My research focuses on studying economic behavior related to children and youth in developing countries. A secondary line of research examines economic adjustment among the poor.

My job market paper lies at the intersection of these two research programs. It provides evidence that arbitrary clock conventions -- by generating differences in when the sun sets across locations -- help determine the geographic distribution of educational attainment levels. School-age children in locations that experience later sunsets have worse education outcomes due to the negative relationship between sunset time and sleep, and the consequent productivity impacts of sleep. Sunset-induced sleep deficits are most pronounced among the poor, especially in periods when households face severe financial constraints. Because education is both a driver of economic growth and a means to reduce income inequality, these results imply sunset time associated with a geographic location may contribute to persistent poverty and worsening inequality.

Other ongoing work investigates the spillover effects of public investments in higher education on lower levels of schooling; how heat affects human capital and labor productivity; how parents prefer to invest among their children; and, how and how fast farmers adjust to higher temperatures in the short-run.