Feel free to email to ask about works in progress and to check on the possibility of sharing data for working papers.

Peer-reviewed Publications

“Home-price subsidies increase local-level political participation in urban India” Forthcoming, Journal of Politics. [Appendices] [Data and code]

Kumar, T., Post, A., and Ray, I. “Flows, leaks, and blockages in informational interventions: A field experimental study of Bangalore’s water Sector.” World Development 106: 149-160, 2018. [Ungated] [Data and code]

Working Papers

“From public service access to service quality: The distributive politics of piped water in Bangalore” with Alison Post, Megan Otsuka, Francesc Pardo-Bosch, and Isha Ray (revision invited, World Development)

“The human capital effects of subsidized government-constructed homes in urban India” [Appendices](revision invited, Journal of Development Economics)

In Progress

“How the content of claims shapes government responsiveness: theory and evidence from Mumbai.” Draft in preparation for APSA 2021.

“Why we should study small cities” (with Matthew Stenberg). Draft in preparation for APSA 2021.

“Citizenship practice in India’s middle-class unauthorized colonies” (with Adam Auerbach). Funding acquired, data collection in progress.

“An experimental analysis of the impact of smartphones and household property rights on the uptake of digital financial services in Blantyre, Malawi” (Peter Carroll, Boniface Dulani, Daniel Nielson, and Philip Roessler). Intervention in field.

“The impact of political efficacy trainings on women political actors in Sri Lanka” (with Kyong Mazzaro and the International Republican Institute). Survey in field.

“Bias in responsiveness to complaints about public services in Mumbai” (with Sam Asher and Paul Novosad). Data collected.

Other Research and Writing

“Engineering predictable water? How to understand the humans that make tech innovations work.” Hyun, C. Kumar, T., Post, A. and Ray, I. In An Introduction to Development Engineering, eds. Madon, T., and Gadgil, A. Springer. Forthcoming.

“The general transit feed specification makes trip-planning easier – especially during a pandemic – yet its use by California agencies is uneven.” Trapenberg Frick, K. Kumar, T., Li, R., Patil, A., and Post, A. University of California. 2020. [Policy Brief], [Paper]

“Subsidizing homeownership builds wealth and motivates participation in urban politics: evidence from India.” In ‘Cities and Urban Politics,’ eds. Finkel, E., Lawrence, A., and Mertha, A. Newsletter of the Organized Section in Comparative Politics of the American Political Science Association, 30(1). 2020.

Review of India Moving: A History of Migration by Chinmay Tumbe. (2018, Penguin Viking). UC Berkeley Institute for South Asia Studies. July 28, 2020.

Review of Contesting the Indian City: Global Visions and the Politics of the Local, ed. Gavin Shatkin (2014, Wiley-Blackwell). Governance 29 (4): 589-590, 2016.