Gaurav Khanna

Assistant Professor

Gaurav Khanna is an assistant professor of economics at the School. His research focuses on development economics, labor economics and applied econometrics. Many of his current projects concentrate on education policy, high-skill immigration, infrastructure, public-works programs and conflict.

Prior to joining UC San Diego, Khanna was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. and a consultant for the World Bank’s Poverty and Inequality Unit.

For more information, please visit Gaurav Khanna’s personal site.

Education and CV

Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan, 2016
M.Sc., Economics for Development, University of Oxford, 2009
B.A., Economics, Delhi University, 2008

Selected Recent Publications

“Guns and Butter? Fighting Violence with the Promise of Development” (with Laura Zimmermann) Journal of Development Economics, vol 124, January 2017, p 120-141

"Recruitment of Foreigners in the Market for Computer Scientists in the US" (with John Bound, Breno Braga and Joe Golden) -Journal of Labor Economics, vol 33, part 2, July 2015, p S187-S233

Other Publications and Book Chapters

"Reservoir of Foreign Talent" (with John Bound & Nicolas Morales) Science, vol. 356, Issue 6339, pp. 697, May 2017

“Fighting Maoist violence with promises: Evidence from India’s Employment Guarantee Scheme (with Laura Zimmerman) - The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, vol 9, no. 1, 2014

Finishing Degrees And Finding Jobs (with John Bound, Murat Demirci and Sarah Turner) - chapter in Innovation Policy and the Economy, Volume 15, William R. Kerr, Josh Lerner and Scott Stern, editors

"Fewer Jobs or Smaller Paychecks? Aggregate Crisis Impacts in Selected Middle Income Countries" (with David Newhouse and Pierella Paci) - chapter in Working through the Crisis: Jobs and Policies in Developing Countries during the Great Recession December 2013

"Understanding the Economic Impact of the H-1B Program on the US (with John Bound & Nicolas Morales) - chapter in High-Skilled Migration to the United States and its Economic Consequences, Gordon Hanson, William Kerr, and Sarah Turner, editors

Articles and Blogs

a. "Transit Networks and Regional Development in India"

b. "Quotas and Schooling Decisions"

c. "Maoist Violence and MNREGA"

d. "What are Schools Worth? That Depends on the General Equilibrium Effects"

e. "How the American dream led to India’s IT boom

f. "How the US Immigration Ban Hurts Students, Universities, and the US Economy"

Gaurav Khanna