Karthik Muralidharan

Karthik Muralidharan is an associate professor of economics at the University of California, San Diego where he joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 2008.

Born and raised in India, he earned an AB in economics (summa cum laude) from Harvard, an MPhil in economics from Cambridge (UK), and a PhD in economics from Harvard. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a fellow of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), a board member and co-chair of the education program at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), an affiliate at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), and a research affiliate with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA).

Professor Muralidharan's primary research interests include development, public, and labor economics. Specific topics of interest include education, health, and social protection; measuring quality of public service delivery; program evaluation; and improving the effectiveness of public spending (with a focus on developing countries). Courses taught include undergraduate and graduate classes in development economics, program evaluation, and the economics of education.

  • Development economics
  • Human capital
  • Education and health in developing countries
  • Program evaluations

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