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My research interests span topics in applied microeconomics, applied econometrics, public economics, political economy, and development economics.

Election Cycles and Electricity Provision: Evidence from a Quasi-experiment with Indian Special Elections (with Thushyanthan Baskaran and Brian Min), Journal of Public Economics, 126, 64–73 (2015) Online Appendix Related coverage: Ideas for India, Mint

Legislative Turnover, Fiscal Policy, and Economic Growth: Evidence from U.S. State Legislatures, (with Amihai Glazer) Economic Inquiry, 53(1), 91-107 (2015)
Does legislative turnover adversely affect state expenditure policy? Evidence from Indian state elections, Public Choice, 147 (1-2), 189-207 (2011).
Estimation of Incumbency Effects in the US State Legislatures: A Quasi-Experimental Approach, Economics and Politics, 22(2), 180-99 (2010).
The Disadvantaged Incumbents: Estimating Incumbency Effects in Indian State Legislatures, Public Choice, 138(1), 9-27 (2009)
  • Won the 2009 Gordon Tullock prize for the best article in Public Choice by a younger scholar
Working Papers
Do Criminally Accused Politicians Affect Economic Outcomes? Evidence from India (with Nishith Prakash, and Marc Rockmore) (under review)
Political Fragmentation, Fiscal Policy and Economic Growth in Indian States (with Thushyanthan Baskaran) (under review)
Estimating the Effect of Political Quotas Across India Using Satellite Imagery (with Brian Min)
Preferential Trading Areas: Welfare and Investment Effects When Countries Differ in their size (click here for the appendix to this paper)
Work in Progress
Does the gender of a legislator matter: a regression discontinuity analysis of female candidates in India (with Thushyanthan Baskaran, Sonia Bhalotra, and Brian Min)
Bringing home the Pork: The effect of state chief ministerships on electricity provision in India (with Brian Min)

Testing validity of Duverger's law in Indian state elections (with Bernard Grofman and Malte Pehl)

Does it help to be affiliated with the ruling party? A quasi-experiment from Indian state reorganization (with Stan Winer and Steve Ferris)