Karthik
Muralidharan

 

Working and published papers

 

Articles in Journals

 

"Building State Capacity: Evidence from Biometric Smartcards in India" (with Paul Niehaus and Sandip Sukhtankar)
American Economic Review (forthcoming)

 

"Quality and Accountability in Healthcare Delivery: Audit-Study Evidence from Primary Care in India"
(with Jishnu Das, Alaka Holla, and Aakash Mohpal)
American Economic Review (forthcoming)

 

"Bridging Education Gender Gaps in Developing Countries: The Role of Female Teachers" (with Ketki Sheth)
Journal of Human Resources, 2016, Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 269-297 [Lead Article]

 

"The Aggregate Effect of School Choice: Evidence from a Two-Stage Experiment in India" (with Venkatesh Sundararaman)
Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2015, Vol. 130, No. 3, pp. 1011-66 [Editor's Choice and Lead Article]

 

"Priorities for Primary Education Policy in India's 12th Five Year Plan"
India Policy Forum 2012-13, 2013, Vol. 9, pp. 1-46

 

"School Inputs, Household Substitution, and Test Scores" (with Jishnu Das, Stefan Dercon, James Habyarimana, Pramila Krishnan, and Venkatesh Sundararaman),
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2013, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 29-57

 

"Teacher Performance Pay: Experimental Evidence from India" (with Venkatesh Sundararaman)
Journal of Political Economy, 2011, Vol. 119, No. 1, pp. 39-77

 

"Teacher Opinions on Performance Pay: Evidence from India" (with Venkatesh Sundararaman)
Economics of Education Review, 2011, Vol. 30, No. 3, pp. 394-403

 

"The Impact of Diagnostic Feedback to Teachers on Student Learning: Experimental Evidence from India" (with Venkatesh Sundararaman)
Economic Journal, Vol. 120, issue 546, August 2010, pp F187-F203

 

"Missing in Action: Teacher and Health Worker Absence in Developing Countries" (with Nazmul Chaudhury, Jeffrey Hammer, Michael Kremer, Halsey Rogers),
Journal of Economic Perspectives, Winter 2006, pp 91-116

 

"Why are teachers absent? Probing service delivery in Peruvian primary schools" (with Lorena Alcazar, Halsey Rogers, Nazmul Chaudhury, Jeffrey Hammer, Michael Kremer)
International Journal of Educational Research, 2006, vol. 45, pp 117-136

 

"Teacher Absence in India: A Snapshot" (with Michael Kremer, Nazmul Chaudhury, Jeffrey Hammer, Halsey Rogers)
Journal of the European Economic Association, Vol. 3, No. 2-3, April-May 2005, pp. 658-67

 

 

Working Papers

 

"Double for Nothing? Experimental Evidence on the Impact of an Unconditional Teacher Salary Increase on Student Performance in Indonesia"
(with Joppe de Ree, Menno Pradhan, and Halsey Rogers)

 

"Cycling to School: Increasing Secondary School Enrollment for Girls in India"
(with Nishith Prakash)
Revise & Resubmit, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics

 

"The Fiscal Cost of Weak Governance: Evidence from Teacher Absence in India"
(with Jishnu Das, Alaka Holla, and Aakash Mohpal)
Revise & Resubmit, Journal of Public Economics

 

"A New Approach to Public Sector Hiring in India for Improved Service Delivery"

 

"Contract Teachers: Experimental Evidence from India"
(with Venkatesh Sundararaman)

 

"Long Term Effects of Teacher Performance Pay"

 

"Is there a Doctor in the House? Absent Medical Providers in India"
(with Michael Kremer, Nazmul Chaudhury, Jeffrey Hammer, Halsey Rogers)

 

 

Articles in Edited Volumes

 

"Public and Private Schools in Rural India" (with Michael Kremer) in School Choice International, edited by Paul Peterson and Rajashri Chakrabarti, MIT Press, 2008

 

"Teacher and Medical Worker Incentives in India" in the Oxford Companion to Economics in India, edited by Kaushik Basu, Oxford University Press, 2007

 

 

Policy and Popular Writing

 

"Big and Small Ideas in Development Economics: Theory, Evidence, and Practice (a conversation with Chief Economist of the World Bank, Prof. Kaushik Basu" Ideas for India, Feb 3, 2015 (extract carried online by The Mint)

 

"Building state capacity for better programme implementation: Lessons from the Andhra Pradesh Smartcard Program" (with Paul Niehaus and Sandip Sukhtankar) Ideas for India, Dec 3, 2014 (also carried online by The Mint)

 

"Building an Inclusive and High-Performing School System" Ideas for India, Jan 29, 2014 (also carried online by The Mint)

 

"Understanding the relative effectiveness of government and private schools in India" Ideas for India, Jan 22, 2014 (also carried online by The Mint)

 

"Proposal for a National Program of Primary School Teaching Assistants to Guarantee Minimum Absolute Learning Standards for All Children by the End of the 12th Plan" Ideas for India, Nov 25, 2013

 

"Implementing a Biometric Payment System: The Andhra Pradesh Experience" (with Piali Mukhopadhyay, Paul Niehaus and Sandip Sukhtankar), May 18, 2013

 

"Using Evidence for Better Policy: The Case of Primary Education in India" Ideas for India, March 18, 2013 (also carried online by The Mint ; a shortened version appeared in Chapter 2 of the Economic Survey of India 2013)

 

"India's States Can be Laboratories for Policy Innovation and Reform" Business Standard, Dec 11, 2011

 

"The Right to Choose your Food" (with Paul Niehaus and Sandip Sukhtankar) The Indian Express, Aug 2, 2011

 

"Assessing the Scope for Cash Transfers in lieu of the TPDS in Rural and Urban Bihar" (with Paul Niehaus and Sandip Sukhtankar), May 25, 2011

 

"On the Optimal Size of States" The Indian Express, Dec 16, 2009

 

"Public Service Delivery in India: Challenges and Opportunities," India in Transition, Center for the Advanced Study of India (University of Pennsylvania) September 22, 2007

 

"Public-Private Partnerships for Quality Education in India," Seminar, Issue #565, September 2006

 

"Reward Teachers But Ensure Output," The Indian Express, June 30, 2006