Kartik Srivastava, HKS
CID PhD Affiliate, Concentrations in Development Economics & Labor Economics
I am interested in studying search and matching in informal labor markets in developing countries, the role of social networks and social insurance in these labor markets, how skills are assessed and rewarded, and how students make decisions about investing in skills and education. A separate strand of my work looks at the quality of service delivery and the implementation of public welfare programs, with a particular focus on public sector personnel management. I am also interested in agriculture and rural labor markets, as well as rural-urban migration in developing countries.
Across a lot of my work, I focus on segmentation and clustering in networks of individuals, firms, and in geographies. I am studying the role of stratification in societies, and how that interacts with markets as well as government institutions.