Peer-reviewed Publications

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

Haas, N., Haenschen K., Kumar, T., Panagopoulos, C., Peyton, K., Ravanilla, N., and Sierra-Arevalo, M. “Organizational identity and positionality in randomized control trials: considerations and advice for collaborative research teams.” Accepted, PS: Political Science and Politics.

Kumar, T., Post A., Ray, I., Otsuka, M., and Pardo-Bosch, F. “From public service access to service quality: The distributive politics of piped water in Bangalore” World Development 151: 105736, 2022. [Pre-print] [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]

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]

In Progress

“Housing as welfare: how government-supported homeownership redistributes wealth, creates dignity, and forms 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 smaller 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.