Anil K. Bhargava is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. Anil completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis, in 2014 with fields in development, natural resources, and econometrics. His dissertation on resource-conserving technology adoption in India received the 2015 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA).
Anil's research focuses on the economic causes of and pathways out of poverty in low-income countries, as they relate to natural resources, climate change, agriculture, and technology use. This includes interdisciplinary and quantitative approaches to impact evaluations of environment, development and natural resource policy in the developing world. His empirical methods include randomized control trials, regression discontinuity designs, experimental auctions, and panel approaches. He has designed and electronically collected socioeconomic data from representative samples of over 5,000 households, as well as made use of existing household and agricultural data sets from a number of sources. Much of his work includes merging and analyzing such representative socioeconomic data sets with spatially disaggregated environmental and natural resource data.
Anil's research is inspired by considerable developing country NGO and research experience in developing areas of South Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Anil has also taught applied microeconomics, econometrics, and development economics to a range of audiences, sharing his field experiences, research motivations, and results with students and seeking to get them involved in both independent and collaborative research projects. More on his research is available in the Research and Field Work sections of this website and detailed teaching and mentoring experiences in the Teaching Section.
Anil K. Bhargava recently presented joint work with Arun Agrawal on the role of forests in poverty traps in Nepal at the 2nd Annual FLARE Meeting at the University of Edinburgh, December 2-5, 2016, in Edinburgh, U.K.
Anil K. Bhargava presented at the 2016 APPAM International Conference, June 13th – 14th, 2016, at the London School of Economics. The paper was part of a session entitled "Examining Rural Development Programs and Businesses in East Africa and Western Asia."
Anil K. Bhargava presented joint work with the World Agroforestry Centre on the effects on Tanzanian agricultural of soil carbon changes at the 2016 International Food Security at Illinois (IFSI) symposium, April 7th – 8th, 2016, at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The theme the symposium was "Using Big Data to Improve International Food Security."
Promoting the use of a novel water-saving agricultural technology among Indian farmers.
Column featuring Anil K. Bhargava - I4I (Ideas for India), promoting evidence-based policy debates in India