About the Speaker:
Prakarsh Singh is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Amherst College. He works on personnel economics of the state and has carried out multiple field experiments targeting child malnutrition in India in association with Indian state governments—testing the impact of performance-based incentives for public health workers. He has published in The Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, BE Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, The Economics of Education Review, The Journal of Development Studies, Journal of African Economies, Defence and Peace Economics, The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, and The Journal of Economic Education. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics in 2011, where he also earned an MRes. and a BSc. in Economics.
About the Lecture:
Prakarsh Singh will discuss how performance pay to caregivers in India can make a difference to the lives of poor children in urban slums—finding that performance pay reduces the prevalence of underweight children by five percentage points over three months and height improves by about one centimeter.