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

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

Kumar, T., “The housing quality, income, and human capital effects of subsidized homes in urban India” Journal of Development Economics 153: 102738, 2021. [Ungated] Data and code coming soon.

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.

In Progress

“Housing as welfare: how subsidized homes redistribute wealth and create local-level interest groups in urban India.” Book manuscript in preparation

“How the content of claims shapes government responsiveness: theory and evidence from Mumbai.” Draft available upon request.

“Why we should study small cities” (with Matthew Stenberg). Draft available upon request.

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

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

“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.

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.