Karthik Muralidharan

Tata Chancellor's Professor of Economics

Economics Journal Articles

"Augmenting State Capacity for Child Development: Experimental Evidence From India"
(with Alejandro J. Ganimian and Christopher R. Walters)
Journal of Political Economy (accepted)
"Personnel Management and School Productivity: Evidence from India"
(with Renata Lemos and Daniela Scur)
The Economic Journal (accepted)
"General Equilibrium Effects of (Improving) Public Employment Programs: Experimental Evidence from India"
(with Paul Niehaus, and Sandip Sukhtankar)
Econometrica 2023, Vol. 91(4), pp. 1261-1295
"Identity Verification Standards in Welfare Programs: Experimental Evidence from India"
(with Paul Niehaus and Sandip Sukhtankar)
Review of Economics and Statistics (accepted)
"Factorial Designs, Model selection, and (incorrect) Inference in Randomized Experiments"
(with Mauricio Romero and Kaspar Wuthrich)
Review of Economics and Statistics (accepted)
"Improving Last-Mile Service Delivery Using Phone-Based Monitoring"
(with Paul Niehaus, Sandip Sukhtankar, and Jeff Weaver)
American Economics Journal: Applied Economics 2021, Vol. 13(2), pp. 52-82
"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 2019, Vol. 134(3), pp. 1627-1673
"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
"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]
"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
"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

Other Journal Articles

"Two Indias: The Structure of Primary Health Care in Rural Indian Villages with Implication for Policy"
(with Jishnu Das, Benjamin Daniels, Monisha Ashok, and Eun-Young Shim)
Social Science & Medicine Vol. 301, 2022
"Integrating Biometric authentication in India’s Welfare Programs: Lessons from a Decade of Reforms"
(with Paul Niehaus, and Sandip Sukhtankar)
India Policy Forum Vol 18, 2021, pp 139-172
"India’s new National Education Policy: Evidence and challenges"
(with Abhijeet Singh)
Science, Vol. 372, Issue 6537, Apr 2021, pp. 36-38 02)
"An Inclusive Growth Dividend: Reframing the Role of Income Transfers in India’s Anti-Poverty Strategy"
(with Maitreesh Ghatak)
India Policy Forum Vol. 16, 2019, pp109-168
"A New Approach to Public Sector Hiring in India for Improved Service Delivery"
India Policy Forum, 2016, Vol. 12
"Priorities for Primary Education Policy in India's 12th Five Year Plan"
India Policy Forum, 2013, Vol. 9, pp. 1-46
"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

Working Papers


Book Chapters

"Reforming the Indian School Education System" in What the Economy Needs Now
Edited by Abhijit Banerjee, Gita Gopinath, Raghuram Rajan, and Mihir Sharma, Juggernaught, 2019
"Field Experiments in Education in Developing Countries" in Handbook of Field Experiments, Vol. 2
Edited by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, Elsevier, 2017
"Improving School Education Outcomes in Developing Countries: Evidence, Knowledge Gaps, and Policy Implications"
(with Paul Glewwe) in Handbook of Economics of Education, Vol. 5
Edited by Eric Hanushek, Steve Machin, and Ludger Woessman, Elsevier, 2016
"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