Nishith Prakash


Subject Areas: Development Economics, Labor Economics

Nishith Prakash joined the University of Connecticut in Spring 2012 after completing his doctorate at the University of Houston, Texas and working as a post-doctoral research associate at Cornell University from July 2010 till December 2011. He previously held a visiting assistant professor positions at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. His primary research interests include development, labor, public policy, and health economics. One line of his work focuses on understanding the effects of affirmative action policies in India on labor market outcomes, child labor and poverty. His other work has examined topics such as the returns to English-language skills in India, effects of corruption, nutrition and child development in India, and evaluation of welfare and behavioral impacts of Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) in Kenya. Professor Prakash’s research uses experimental and quasi-experimental econometric techniques to obtain estimates with causal interpretations. He has experience conducting surveys in developing countries and working with large scale observational and administrative data sets. He is also a Research Fellow at Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), HiCN Households in Conflict Network, and Member of Insights on Immigration and Development (INSIDE-SPAIN).

Ph.D., University of Houston, TX, USA, 2008
M.A., Delhi School of Economics, Delhi, India, 2002

Honors and Appointments:
— Research Fellow, HiCN Households in Conflict Network

— Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany
— Research Fellow, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), University College London
— Research Affiliate, Insights on Immigration and Development (INSIDE), Spain

Courses Taught:
— Economic Development
— Topics in Human Rights

Research Interests: Economics of Education, Program Evaluation, Field Experiments

Selected Publications
“The Redistributive Effects of Political Reservation for Minorities: Evidence from India,”Journal of Development Economics (2011)  96, 265-277 (with Aimee Chin).

“The Returns to English-Language Skills in India,”Economic Development and Cultural Change  (2013)  61 (2), 335-367 (with Mehtabul Azam and Aimee Chin).

“Consumption and Social Identity: Evidence from India,”Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (2012) 83 (3), 353-371 (with Melanie Khamis and Zahra Siddique).

“Does Constitutionalizing Economic and Social Rights Promote their Fulfillment?, ” forthcoming in Journal of Human Rights (with Elizabeth Kaletski, Lanse Minkler, & Susan Randolph)

Selected Working Papers

“Cycling to School: Increasing Secondary School Enrollment for Girls in India,” (with Karthik Muralidharan), NBER WP 19305

“Do Criminally Accused Politicians Affect Economic Outcomes? Evidence from India,” (with Marc Rockmore and Yogesh Uppal)

 “The Role of Constitutions on Poverty: A Cross-National Investigation,” (with Lanse Minkler, University of Connecticut)