Assistant Professor of Economics
My research interests are in development economics, political economy, and public economics, with a particular focus on corruption, governance, and the delivery of public benefits and services. I am an affiliate of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and a contributor to Ideas for India.
"Corruption in India: Bridging Academic Evidence and Policy Options" (with Milan Vaishnav) July 2014.
"Payments Infrastructure and the Performance of Public Programs: Evidence from Biometric Smartcards in India" Twenty-seventh BREAD Conference (with Karthik Muralidharan & Paul Niehaus) May 2014, and NBER March 2014.
"Implementing a biometric payment system: the Andhra Pradesh experience" (with Piali Mukhopadhyay, Karthik Muralidharan & Paul Niehaus) May 2013.
Sweetening the Deal? Political Connections and Sugar Mills in India American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, vol 4, no 3, pp 43-63, July 2012.
Corruption Dynamics: The Golden Goose Effect, with Paul Niehaus (UCSD). Forthcoming, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, August 2012.
Does Happiness Pay? An Exploration Based On Panel Data from Russia, with Carol Graham (Brookings) and Andrew Eggers (LSE). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol 55, no 3, pp 319-342, Nov 2004.
Does Economic Crisis Reduce Support for Markets and Democracy in Latin America? Some Evidence from Surveys of Public Opinion and Well Being, with Carol Graham (Brookings). Journal of Latin American Studies, vol 36, no 2, pp 349-377, May 2004.