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Prashant Bharadwaj
University of California, San Diego
prbharadwaj@ucsd.edu
Prashant Bharadwaj is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California, San Diego. He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2004 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 2009. He has been at UC San Diego since 2009. 

He is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), an affiliate of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP), and of the Center for Evaluation of Global Action (CEGA). He is currently (for 2013-2014) a visiting Assistant Professor at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). 


Articles By Prashant Bharadwaj
Drawing the line: The short- and long-term consequences of partitioning India
Posted On: 08 Sep 2017


Colonial rule in India culminated in the birth of two nations, forcing the displacement of millions. This column analyses the economic and political consequences of the Partition in 1947. It finds that differences in the distribution of education and organisational skills across communities and the extent to which communities and regions traded with each other, played a key role in shaping the bloody nature of the upheaval during the Partition itself, and its long-term consequences.
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Unintended consequences of India’s child labour ban
Posted On: 08 Jan 2014


Bans and regulations against child labour are among the most popular policy tools used to address the problem throughout the developing world. But how well do they work in practice? This column analyses the effectiveness of India’s flagship legislation against child labour, the Child Labour Act of 1986. It finds that a few years after the ban, employment levels of children under the legal working age of 14 rose relative to those of legal age.
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