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Rikhil R. Bhavnani

Assistant Professor and Trice Faculty Fellow
Comparative Politics
Affiliated with La Folette School of Public Affairs, Elections Research Center and the Center for South Asia
Research Interests: 
Casual Inference, Development, Experiments, India, Political Economy, Representation
Office Location: 
312 North Hall
Office Hours: 
Thursday 10-11am
(608) 262-5638



Bhavnani, Rikhil R., and Bethany Lacina. Forthcoming. “Fiscal Federalism at Work? Central Responses to Internal Migration in India.” World Development.

Bhavnani, Rikhil R. Forthcoming. "The Effects of Malapportionment in Parliamentary Systems: Subnational Evidence from India." British Journal of Political Science.   

Bhavnani, Rikhil R. Forthcoming. "Do the Effects of Temporary Ethnic Group Quotas Persist? Evidence from India." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.   

Bhavnani, Rikhil R., and Alexander Lee. Forthcoming. "Local Embeddedness and Bureaucratic Performance: Evidence from India." Journal of Politics.

Rikhil Bhavnani, 2015. "The Effects of Malapportionment in Parliamentary Systems: Subnational Evidence from India." British Journal of Political Science, forthcoming.   

Bhavnani, Rikhil R. and Kate Baldwin. 2015. "Ancillary Studies of Experiments: Opportunities and Challenges." Journal of Globalization and Development 6(1): 113–146.   

Bhavnani, Rikhil R. and Samuel Bazzi. 2015. "Response to Roodman "A Replication of `Counting Chickens When They Hatch." Public Finance Review 43(2): 282–286.   

Bhavnani, Rikhil R., and Bethany Lacina. 2015. "The Effects of Rainfall-Induced Migration on Sons of the Soil Violence in India." World Politics 67(4).

Bhavnani, Rikhil R. and Saumitra Jha. 2014. "Gandhi's Gift: Lessons for Peaceful Reform from India's Struggle for Democracy." Economics of Peace and Security Journal, 9, 1: 76-88.   

Clemens, Michael C., Steven Radelet, Rikhil R. Bhavnani and Samuel Bazzi. 2012. "Counting Chickens when they Hatch: Timing and the Effects of Aid on Growth," The Economic Journal, 122: 590-617.

Bhavnani Rikhil R., and Kate Baldwin. 2011. "Secondary Analyses of Experiments: Opportunities and Challenges," APSA-Comparative Democratization Newsletter, October.   

Bhavnani, Rikhil R. 2009. "Do Electoral Quotas Work After They Are Withdrawn? Evidence from a Natural Experiment in India," American Political Science Review, 103 (1): 23-35.