Prabhat Barnwal is an assistant professor of economics at Michigan State University since 2015. During 2016-17, he is a visiting assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago. Born and raised in eastern Uttar Pradesh in India, he earned B.E. in electrical engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Gujarat, an M.A. in international development from the International University of Japan, and a Ph.D. in sustainable development from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is a fellow at the Center for Development Economics and Policy, and a research affiliate at the International Growth Centre.
Prof. Barnwal’s primary research interests include development, public and environmental and energy economics.
Demand for environmental quality information and household response to information: Evidence from Bihar
20 Feb 2017
Groundwater contaminated with arsenic is a serious public health threat in rural India. This column presents results from a field experiment conducted in Bihar to assess the demand for fee-based testing of wells for arsenic, and to study the behavioural responses of households to well-specific arsenic information.
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