I am an empirical development economist with interests in firms and markets in developing countries, regional shocks and their impact on long-term development, and the political economy of India. My research uses data from a wide variety of settings, ranging from 19th century Boston to contemporary India, and applies both structural and reduced form methodologies.
- PhD Economics, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA, 2011
- Research Interests: Development Economics, Industrial Organization, Economic History, Urban Economics
Selected Research Publications
- Keniston, D., Banerjee, A., Duflo, E., Chattopadyay, R., and Singh, N.Can Institutions be Reformed from Within? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment with the Rajasthan Police. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.
- Keniston, D. and Allcott, H. (2018). Dutch Disease or Agglomeration? The Local Economic Effects of Commodity Booms and Busts in Modern America. Review of Economic Studies, 85(2), 695-731.
- Hornbeck, R. and Keniston, D. (2017). Creative Destruction: Barriers to Urban Growth and the Great Boston Fire of 1872. American Economic Review, 107(6), 1365-1398.
- Banerjee, A., Banerji, R., Duflo, E., Glennerster, R., Keniston, D., Khemani, S., and Shotland, M. (2007). Can information campaigns raise awareness and local participation in primary education?. Economic and Political Weekly, , 1365--1372.
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