Gaurav Khanna

Assistant Professor

Gaurav Khanna is a respected scholar whose 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, conflict and crime.

He is an assistant professor of economics at the School of Global Policy and Strategy and a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development. Khanna teaches courses at GPS including Immigration and Immigration Policy, The Economics of Immigration and the Public Policy Capstone.

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

GPS Spotlight

Cash Transfers More Effective than Workforce Training in Improving Lives of Rwandans
Sept. 10, 2020 | Study compared the efficacy of the workforce-training program to simply disbursing the cost of the same program directly to beneficiaries

Affirmative Action Incentivizes High Schoolers to Perform Better, New Research Shows
Aug. 20, 2020 | Evidence from India reveals underrepresented students stay in school longer under the policy

Hiring highly educated immigrants leads to more innovation and better products
Sept. 26, 2018, authored by Gaurav Khanna and Munseob Lee in The Conversation

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Selected Recent Publications

“Development for peace: The decline of Naxalite violence in India,” (with Laura Zimmermann) Sustainable Security, Sept. 28, 2017.

“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"

Recent Media Mentions

"Hiring highly educated immigrants leads to more innovation and better products," The Conversation, Sept. 26, 2018.

"An Economic Sleuth", UC San Diego News, June 7, 2018.

"The development of modern Africa: Conflict, resources and institutions," VoxDev, April 23, 2018.

“H-1B visa cuts would damage US and Indian economies,“ The PIE News, Sept. 1, 2017.

“H-1B Visa Program Benefited Both US and India,” Bloomberg Technology (video), Aug. 15, 2017.

Workers in U.S. and India Make Huge Financial Gains Thanks to H1B Program, New Study Says, Murthy Law Firm, Aug. 15, 2017.

“The Economic Benefits of the H-1B Visa Program,” Bloomberg, Aug. 14, 2017.

“Scrapping the H1B Visa Program Would Hurt Both US and India,” Nearshore Americas, Aug. 14, 2017.

“5 immigration reform proposals that Americans actually support,” Think Progress, Aug. 10, 2017.

“India and US benefit from panned H-1B work visa program – study,” Techwire Asia, Aug. 10, 2017.

“US may lose its competitive edge due to H-1B clampdown: Report,” The Economic Times, Aug. 9, 2017.

“H1B visa clampdown may cost US its edge,” Business Standard, Aug. 9, 2017.

“Study: H-1B visa program has pushed incomes up in US, India,” CIO Dive, Aug. 9, 2017.

“Controversial visa scheme benefits both US and India: Study,” The Straits Times, Aug. 9, 2017.

“H-1B work visa programme benefits US, India: study,” The Business Times (subscription required), Aug. 9, 2017.

“H-1B工作签证项目赋予美国更高竞争力,” VOA (Chinese), Aug. 9, 2017

“Technology, Innovation, and the American Dream: New Study Finds H-1B Visas Benefit US and Indian Workforce,” Center for Global Development, Aug. 8, 2017.

“US may lose its competitive edge due to H-1B clampdown: Report,” MTNV News, Aug. 8, 2017.

“Work visa program benefits the U.S., India, new study says,” Fort Wayne Business Weekly (subscription required), Aug. 8, 2017.

“Study: H-1B Immigrants a 'Net Gain' for U.S.,” U.S. News & World Report, Aug. 8, 2017.

“The Value of The H-1B Visa,” Fortune, Aug. 8, 2017

“New Research Says H-1B Visas Created A $431 Million Net Gain For U.S. Workers,” Fortune, Aug. 7, 2017.

“Work Visa Program Benefits the U.S., India, New Study Says,” Bloomberg, Aug. 7, 2017.

Recent Indian Media Mentions (including Indian papers in the U.S.)

"Can the Indian IT sector overcome the H-1B hurdles?" India Global Business, October 2017. 

“H-1B visas called ‘net positive’ for U.S economy,” India Abroad, Aug. 11, 2017.

“H-1B visas, a much-maligned engine of growth,” India Abroad, Aug. 11, 2017.

“US may lose its competitive edge due to H-1B clampdown: Report,” The Economic Times, Aug. 9, 2017.

“US and India Benefit From H1B Visa, New Study Reveals,” Little India, Aug. 9, 2017.

“US may lose Indian talent, competitive edge due to H-1B clampdown: report,” The Hans India, Aug. 8, 2017.

“H-1B visa restriction may affect US IT production: Report,” The Indian Express, Aug. 8, 2017.

“H-1B visa clampdown to hurt US’s competitive edge: Report,” Live Mint, Aug. 8, 2017.

“H1B visa program benefits both US and India, says new study,” Live Mint, Aug. 8, 2017.

“US May Lose Its Competitive Edge Due To H-1B Clampdown: Report,” NDTV, Aug. 8, 2017.

“US may lose its competitive edge due to H-1B clampdown: Report,” The Times of India, Aug. 8, 2017.

“U.S. Better Off With H-1B Program, Says Indian American Economist in Report,” India West, Aug. 8, 2017.

“Stop blaming the H-1B visa for India’s brain drain—it actually achieved the opposite,” Quartz India, June 2, 2017.

Additional Media Mentions

TV and Radio Interviews: Bloomberg (TV)CNBC (TV), AirTalk (Radio: NPR affiliate), Al Jazeera

Articles (U.S. media): Wall Street JournalNBER DigestHKS (Shorenstein)AtlanticQuartzBuzzFeed, Morning StarCIO DiveSilicon Beat, Market Watch, Michigan NewsNextGov, ViceAmerican Bazaar

Articles (Indian media): Scroll,  NewsIndiaLive MintThe Economic TimesThe Times of IndiaThe Hindustan TimesThe HinduOutlook IndiaThe New Indian ExpressBusiness StandardNDTV,  Financial ExpressDeccan HeraldDNATelegu 360PostIndia Today 

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