Research

Research Statement

My detailed research statement is here.

Overview:

For specific projects within each theme, please see:

  1. Agricultural Development
  2. Crime and Conflict
  3. Governance and Public Service Delivery
  4. Political Selection

Job Market Paper:

Parachuters vs. Climbers: Economic Consequences of Barriers to Political Entry in a Democracy
[Does a legislator’s entry route into politics matter for development?] [Paper and slides coming soon]

Under Review:

The Green Revolution and Infant Mortality: Evidence from 600,000 Births (with Gordon McCord, Ram Fishman, Nathan Mueller, Prabhat Barnwal and Jan von der Goltz)
[What are the health impacts of the green revolution?]

Working Papers:

Designing Policy in Weak States: Unintended Consequences of Alcohol Prohibition in Bihar (with Abhilasha Sahay)
[What happens to crime when the consumption and sale of alcohol is completely banned?]

Can Providing Information Reduce Leakages in a Food Subsidy Program? Findings from a Field Experiment (with Chinmaya Kumar)
[How important are ‘monitoring’ and ‘recourse’ effects in an informational campaign?] [Paper coming soon]

The Groundwater Constraint: Responses to Falling Water Tables in India (with Ram Fishman and Meha Jain)
[What are the short-run consequences of environmental degradation?] [Paper coming soon]

“All is Water”: Role of Irrigation in History
[Does history have persisting effects through mechanisms other than extractive land institutions?] [Paper coming soon]

In Progress:

Improved Varieties and Yield Growth in the Developing World (with Gordon McCord, Ram Fishman, Nathan Mueller, Prabhat Barnwal and Jan von der Goltz)

Public or Private Leviathan? Crime and Development in Contemporary Bihar (with Ashwani Kumar)

Who becomes a Criminal? (with Chinmaya Kumar)

Does the Identity of Street-level Bureaucrats matter for Public Goods Provision? (with Poulomi Chakrabarti)


Non-academic:

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (2017) Engaging Indian Overseas Electors: Online Competition Results and Survey Findings – A Report to the Election Commission of India

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (2015) Inclusive Elections in India: A Study on Domestic Migration and Issues in Election Participation – A Report to the Election Commission of India [Report]

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (2013) Analysis of KABBP surveys – A Report to the Election Commission of India