Prakarsh Singh is Assistant Professor of Economics at Amherst College, Massachusetts.

He completed his Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics in 2011. He has an MRes. and a BSc. in Economics also from the London School of Economics. His main area of research is the impact of performance pay to caregivers on child malnutrition in India. He has carried out four field experiments in India in association with state governments in India, targeting child malnutrition in Chandigarh (twice), West Bengal, and Punjab.

He is currently working with ICDS in Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan on projects in collaboration with J-PAL. He has received research grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID, UNU-WIDER, Fordham University, and several state governments in India (Punjab, West Bengal, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan).

He has published in The European Economic Review, The Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, BE Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, The Economics of Education Review, The Journal of Development Studies, Journal of African Economies, Defence and Peace Economics, The Economics of Peace and Security Journal and The Journal of Economic Education.

He was the main organizer of the inaugural Liberal Arts Colleges Development Economics Conference held at Amherst College in October, 2013. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Navarra Center for International Development, Spain where he teaches in the Summer School and was a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting professor at Swarthmore College during 2014-15.

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in May 2016.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10390
forthcoming in: the Journal of Punjab Studies
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10094
published in: Eastern Economic Journal (2016). doi:10.1057/s41302-016-0069-7
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10085
published in: The Journal of Development Studies (August 8, 2016): 1–21. doi:10.1080/00220388.2016.1208176.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10084
Published as Singh, P. and S. Mitra (2017). "Incentives, Information and Malnutrition: Evidence from an experiment in India", European Economic Review, vol 93, pages 24-46.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10048
published as 'Searching for religious discrimination among childcare workers' in: Review of Development Economics, first published 29 January 2020