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Date and Location

November 6, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
B-500 Bell Hall
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The Stone Program in Wealth Distribution, Inequality, and Social Policy welcomes Professor Nishith Prakash to speak in the Stone Inequality & Social Policy Seminar Series.​ Professor Prakash will present "Sexual Harassment in Public Spaces and Police Patrols: Experimental Evidence from Urban India." Lunch will be provided at the seminar.


Nishith Prakash is
a Professor of Public Policy and Economics with a joint appointment
with the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Department of
Economics at the Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Before joining the Northeastern University, he was an associate professor of economics with a joint position with the Department of Economics and the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. 

Born and raised in Bihar, India, he earned a B.A.
(honors) in economics from Shivaji College, an M.A. in economics from
Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University (India), and a Ph.D. in
economics from University of Houston, TX. He was a post-doctoral
research associate at Cornell University, NY from July 2010 till
December 2011. He has previously held Visiting Assistant Professor
positions at Ohio University, and Dartmouth College, and he has been a
Visiting Fellow at Yale University, Columbia University, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Boston University, and Women and Public Policy
Program at Harvard Kennedy School. 

He is a Research Fellow at CESifo, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), HiCN Households in Conflict Network (HiCN), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Network Researcher, Global Labor Organization (GLO), and Member of Insights on Immigration and Development (INSIDE-SPAIN). He is also currently serving in the Editorial Board of the journal PLOS ONE and Associate Editor at the Journal of Development Economics and Co-Editor at the Economics of Education Review.

Prof. Prakash’s research revolves around empowering human capital in low income countries. His primary research interests include development, political economy, public policy, economics of education, and behavioral economics. Throughout
his academic pursuit, Prof. Prakash has focused on the relationship
between government policies and economic development and harnessed
rigorous empirical evidence to study the impact of policies and
institutions in enabling inclusive growth. He has experience in
conducting surveys in developing countries, working with large-scale
observational and administrative data sets, and conducting field
experiments (RCTs). Prof. Prakash has worked closely with the Education
Department (in Bihar, Nepal, Zanzibar, and Zambia), the State Police (in
Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana), the Health Department (in
Bihar), the Ministry of Home Affairs (Government of India), and the World Bank. His teaching interests include Development Economics, Applied Econometrics and Economics of Gender and Inequality.

Professor Prakash’s research has featured in The Economist, BBCWorld Bank Development Impact Blog, World Economic Forum, Financial Times, Forbes, The Statesman, The Atlantic, The Indian Express, The Hindu, The Times of India, and other national and international newspapers.

Speakers and Presenters

​Nishith Prakash (Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Northeastern University)

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