My research is focused on environmental and labor economics in developing countries. Specifically, I'm interested in understanding how local institutions manage natural resources and public service delivery, and how management effectiveness is shaped by market incentives and the nature of the institutions. I'm particularly interested in settings where government monitoring and enforcement are limited.
I am originally from Torrance, California, and I received a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University in 2002. While in college, I participated in research on welfare programs in the U.S., including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps, and Medicaid. I further developed my interest in labor economics in graduate school at Stanford University, working on issues in both the U.S. and developing countries. My interest in environmental economics arose naturally from my dissertation research, which examines the potential consequences of a further expansion of Brazilian ethanol production for deforestation and regional development, with a focus on the crucial role of the labor market in land use decisions.
SRINIKETH NAGAVARAPU, Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in Economics
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