Anil K. Bhargava 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). From 2014-17, Anil was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.
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.
Promoting the use of a novel water-saving agricultural technology among Indian farmers.
I4I (Ideas for India), promoting evidence-based policy debates in India