Karthik Muralidharan

Tata Chancellor's Professor of Economics

Journal Articles

"Inputs, Incentives, and Complementarities in Education: Experimental Evidence from Tanzania"
(with Isaac Mbiti, Mauricio Romero, Youdi Schipper, Constantine Manda, and Rakesh Rajani)
Quarterly Journal of Economics (Forthcoming)
"Disrupting Education? Experimental Evidence on Technology-Aided Instruction in India"
(with Abhijeet Singh, and Alejandro Ganimian)
American Economic Review 2019, Vol. 109(4), pp. 1426-1460
"Double for Nothing? Experimental Evidence on an Unconditional Teacher Salary Increase in Indonesia"
(with Joppe de Ree, Menno Pradhan, and Halsey Rogers)
Quarterly Journal of Economics 2018, Vol. 133(2), pp. 993-1039
"Experimentation at Scale"
(with Paul Niehaus)
Journal of Economic Perspectives 2017, Vol. 31(4), pp. 103-124
"Cycling to School: Increasing Secondary School Enrollment for Girls in India"
(with Nishith Prakash)
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 2017, Vol. 9(3), pp. 321-350
"The Fiscal Cost of Weak Governance: Evidence from Teacher Absence in India"
(with Jishnu Das, Alaka Holla, and Aakash Mohpal)
Journal of Public Economics, 2017, Vol. 145, pp. 116-135
"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 , 2016, Vol. 106, No 12, pp. 3765-3799
"Building State Capacity: Evidence from Biometric Smartcards in India"
(with Paul Niehaus and Sandip Sukhtankar)
American Economic Review, 2016, Vol. 106, No 10, pp. 2895-2929
"A New Approach to Public Sector Hiring in India for Improved Service Delivery"
India Policy Forum 2015-16, 2016, Vol. 12
"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


Book Chapters


Policy Reports, & Writing


Blogs & Op-Eds

"Use mobiles to improve governance" Hindustan Times (December 5, 2018)
(with Paul Niehaus, Sandip Sukhtankar, and Jeff Weaver)