Saurabh Singhal is a research fellow at UNU-WIDER focusing in applied economics. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Southern California and a M.A. in economics from the Delhi School of Economics. His research interests include the political economy of development, human capital development issues and experimental economics.
Working PaperDo fences make good neighbours?: Evidence from an insurgency in India
India has employed a variety of military, political, and economic measures to combat the long running insurgency in Kashmir with little evidence on what contributes to stability in the region...Conflict Violence Governance
Project meetingConsultation on VARHS 2016 findings
Policy seminarGrowth, structural transformation, and rural change in Viet Nam
Policy makers, researchers, and students of development will gather on 4 May 2017 in Hanoi to discuss the new UNU-WIDER book, Growth, Structural Transformation, and Rural Change in Viet Nam: A Rising Dragon on the Move.
Working PaperCognitive, socioemotional, and behavioural returns to college quality
We exploit the variation in the admissions process across colleges of a leading Indian university to estimate the causal effects of enrolling in a selective college on: cognitive attainment using scores on standardized university exams; behavioural p...Cognitive attainment Behaviour Personality
Working PaperCan gender differences in distributional preferences explain gender gaps in competition?
We design an experiment to examine whether egalitarian preferences, and in particular, behindness aversion as well as preference for favourable inequality affect competitive choices differently among males and females...Competitiveness Distributional preferences Gender differences
Book ChapterEthnic disadvantage: evidence using panel data
Journal ArticleThe economic effects of a counterinsurgency policy in India: A synthetic control analysis
Using the synthetic control method, we analyze the economic effects of a unique counterinsurgency response to the Naxalite insurgency in India...Synthetic control method Conflict Naxalite insurgency
PresentationASREC Europe 2016
The Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture (ASREC) held a conference at the University of Copenhagen on 16-17 May 2016.
Working PaperCaste differences in behaviour and personality: Evidence from India
The persistent gap in economic outcomes between the upper and lower caste groups in India is typically explained through differences in endowments and the presence of discrimination...Caste Field experiments Organizational behavior
Working PaperEliciting risk preferences: Firefighting in the field
Heterogeneity in subject populations often necessitates choosing an elicitation task that is intuitive, easy to explain, and simple to implement...Experimental design Risk
Working PaperCoffee price volatility and intra-household labour supply: Evidence from Viet Nam
Volatility in commodity markets poses an acute risk to farmers in developing countries who rely on cash crop agriculture...Households Income Labor supply
Journal ArticleTiered Housing Allocation with Preannounced Rankings: An Experimental Analysis
We study in the laboratory a variant of the house allocation with existing tenants problem where subjects are partitioned into tiers with hierarchical privileges, and they know their position in the priority queue before making their decision...Experimental design Housing
WorkshopDiscrimination and Affirmative Action: What have we learnt so far?
UNU-WIDER will hold a 2-day workshop for 35 contracted researchers to present and jointly discuss their work-in-progress for an up-coming journal special issue.
Working PaperEthnic disadvantage in Vietnam: Evidence using panel data
This study investigates the ethnic disadvantage in rural Vietnam, focusing on the magnitude of the majority–minority gap and the constraints on ethnic minority households that contribute to the gap...Equality and inequality Ethnic relations Households
Working PaperIncome and Malaria: Evidence from an agricultural intervention in Uganda
We exploit a spatial discontinuity in the coverage of an agricultural extension program in Uganda to causally identify its effects on malaria...Administrative law Agriculture Economic development
Working PaperNeeds vs expediency: Poverty reduction and social development in post-conflict countries
Conflict depletes all forms of human and social capital, as well as supporting institutions. The scale of the human damage can overwhelm public action, as there are many competing priorities and resources are often insufficient...Economic development Education National security