Nishith Prakash

Nishith Prakash

Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut
Research Fellow, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), University College London; Research Fellow, The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn
WAPPP Fellow
Nishith Prakash


Nishith Prakash joined the University of Connecticut 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 and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, Yale University, MIT, and Boston University. Currently, he is a Fellow with the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at Harvard Kennedy School during 2019-2020.

He is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) based at University College London, The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, HiCN Households in Conflict Network, and Member of Insights on Immigration and Development (INSIDE-SPAIN).

Professor Prakash’s primary research interests include development, political economy, public policy, and economics of education. 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, and effect of politician quality on economic outcomes in India. His recent works include interventions to reduce gender gaps in education using large randomized control trials (RCTs) in Zambia and evaluation of various government policies in India.

Through his academic pursuit, he has focused on the relationship between government policies and economic development and harnessed rigorous empirical evidence to study the impact of policies and institutions in enabling inclusive growth. He has experience in conducting surveys, running large-scale randomized control trials (RCTs) in developing countries and working with large-scale observational and administrative data sets.

Professor Prakash’s research has been published in the top economics journal, including the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and Journal of Development Economics. His works has also been published in interdisciplinary journals including World Development, Feminist Economics, and Journal of Human Rights.

Professor Prakash’s research has been covered in The Economist, World Bank Development Impact Blog, World Economic Forum, The Atlantic, The Hindu, The Times of India, The Financial Time, The Statesman, The Economic Times and other national and international newspaper.

Research Topic

Interventions to reduce gender gaps in education.

Policy Topic