Latika Chaudhury
Naval Postgraduate School
Latika Chaudhary is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at Naval Postgraduate School. Previously, she has worked as an Assistant Professor at Scripps College. She received her Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles in 2006. She was a Hoover National Fellow in 2006-2007 and an Economic Fellow at Stanford University from 2007 to 2009 before joining Scripps College in 2009. Her research has focused on how colonial policy influenced educational outcomes in British India, the effects of state ownership on Indian railways and other public finance issues surrounding the provision of education and railways.

Articles By Latika Chaudhury
What constrained the expansion of education in British India?
Posted On: 22 Jul 2013

Topics:   Education

Education and human capital development were neglected in colonial India. This column explores how colonial policies interacted with local conditions to influence the trajectory of Indian education. It finds that public spending on education was inadequate and susceptible to elite capture, and that the lack of focus on education was an important constraint on economic growth in the country during that period.
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Could railways have done more to aid economic development in India?
Posted On: 29 May 2013

Topics:   Infrastructure

Indian Railways celebrated its 160th anniversary last month. This column argues that while railways played a large economic role in British India, it is likely they could have done more to aid economic growth and development in the country.
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Microfinance and predatory lending: The same old story?
Posted On: 19 Sep 2012

Once hailed as a near-miraculous way of lending money to the poor, microfinance is now often seen as exploitation – and governments are stepping in. This column looks at another point in India’s history where lawmakers have intervened in lending practices: following the Deccan Riots between farmers and moneylenders in 1876. It argues that in hindsight this was an overreaction – and perhaps there is a lesson for today.
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