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 PaperEarly life shocks and mental health: The long-term effect of war in Vietnam
This paper provides causal evidence on early-life exposure to war on mental health status in adulthood...Health outcomes War Mental health
Project workshopWaves of VARHS data
Researchers will meet in Helsinki on 15-16 February 2018 to discuss their work arising from a recent UNU-WIDER call for papers for detailed economic analysis of the Viet Nam Access to Rural Households Survey (VARHS) dataset. The meeting provides a...
BlogIncome generation and malaria in Uganda
Several large-scale efforts have been made to combat malaria in the last decade under the Millennium Development Goals, and while these have led to a rapid decline in cases, malaria continues to exact a heavy toll on sub-Saharan Africa, both in terms...Administrative law Agriculture Economic development
BlogPeer influence and human capital accumulation: Evidence from Delhi University colleges
College is an important milestone in life that is believed to develop several aspects of an individual's human capital, broadly defined to include both cognitive and socio-emotional traits...Cognitive attainment Behaviour Personality
AboutWIDER Seminar Series - Autumn 2017
The programme for autumn 2017 featured, in addition to UNU-WIDER researchers, several notable guest speakers, including Shi Li of the Beihin Normal University, who presented on the latest shifts in income inequality in China. Joseph Vecci of the...WIDER Seminar Series
Policy seminarPolicy Seminar - Launch of the report 'Characteristics of the Vietnamese rural economy: Evidence from a 2016 rural household survey in 12 provinces of Viet Nam'
NewsWIDER Seminar Series highlights latest findings on development economics
The weekly seminars held in Helsinki, open to all working on or interested in development, continue in November 2017.
ReportCharacteristics of the Vietnamese rural economy (in Vietnamese): Evidence from a 2016 rural household survey in 12 provinces of Viet Nam
Tiếp nối sự thành công của chương trình cải cách Đổi mới, Việt Nam đã gặt hái được rất nhiều thành tựu kinh tế về tăng trưởng và giảm nghèo, Việt nam đã phát triển nhanh hơn ...Agriculture Household surveys Rural development
ReportCharacteristics of the Vietnamese rural economy: Evidence from a 2016 rural household survey in 12 provinces of Viet Nam
Following the successful implementation of the Doi Moi reform programme, Viet Nam has experienced outstanding economic progress, for example in aggregate output and poverty reduction...Agriculture Household surveys Rural development
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