Associate Professor, Economics & Human Rights
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 visiting assistant professor positions at Ohio University and Dartmouth College. His primary research interests include development, labor, public policy, and program evaluation. 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, effects of crime on economic growth, the effect of politician quality on economic outcomes 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. Professor Prakash’s research has been covered in The Economist, World Bank Development Impact Blog, The Atlantic, The Hindu, The Times of India, and other national and international newspapers.
He is also a Research Fellow at Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) based at University College London, The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, and Member of Insights on Immigration and Development (INSIDE-SPAIN).