Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences
Devesh joined the University of Nottingham in 2020. Before coming to Nottingham, he was at the Department of Economics, Brown University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University.
My research falls largely at the intersection of development economics and political economy. I study the origins and stability of civic values and institutions, how these forces interact, and the… read more
Conditional Cooperation and Costly Monitoring Explain Success in Forest Commons Management (with S. Engel and M. Kosfeld), Science, 330, 961-965 (2010).
Leader Punishment and Cooperation in Groups: Experimental Field Evidence from Commons Management in Ethiopia(with M. Kosfeld), American Economic Review, 105, 747-783 (2015).
Measuring Honesty and Explaining Adulteration in Naturally Occurring Markets (with M. Kroell), Journal of Development Economics (2022).
My research falls largely at the intersection of development economics and political economy. I study the origins and stability of civic values and institutions, how these forces interact, and the effect this interaction has on economic outcomes. I then build on these insights to design and evaluate public policies. I achieve this by combining quasi-experimental approaches and randomized field experiments with behavioral experiments. My current projects are based in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, and Switzerland.
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