Nishith Prakash is an associate professor of economics on a joint position with the Department of Economics and the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Born and raised in Bihar, India, he earned B.A. (honors) in economics from Shivaji College, an M.A. in economics from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University (India), and a Ph.D. in economics from University of Houston, TX and was a post-doctoral research associate at Cornell University, NY from July 2010 till December 2011. He previously held visiting Assistant Professor Positions at Ohio University, Dartmouth College and Visiting Fellow at Yale University, Columbia University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Prof. Prakash’s primary research interests include development, labor, and public policy and economics of education. Through his academic pursuit, Prof. Prakash 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 in developing countries and working with large-scale observational and administrative data sets. His teaching interests include Development Economics, Applied Econometrics, and Economics of Gender and Inequality.

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

He is a Research Fellow at Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), HiCN Households in Conflict Network (HiCN), and Member of Insights on Immigration and Development (INSIDE-SPAIN). He is currently serving in the Editorial Board of the journal Economies.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in August 2009.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5894
published in: International Review of Applied Economics, 2012, 26 (4), 489 - 513
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5406
published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2012, 83 (3), 353-371
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5132
substantially revised version forthcoming in: Labour, 2015, 29 (4), 394–414
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4802
published in: Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2013, 61 (2), 335-367
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4427
published as Do School Lunch Subsidies Change the Dietary Patterns of Children from Low-Income Households?' in: Contemporary Economic Policy, 2011, [Early View]
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4391
published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2011, 96 (2), 265-277