Welcome! My name is Vikas PD Gawai. I am a Ph.D. (Job Market) candidate at the Department of Ag. and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will be on the job market for the 2023-24 cycle. I will be available for interviews virtually and also in person at SEA (Nov 2023), APPAM (Nov 2023), and ASSA (Jan 2024) meetings.
I am an Applied Economist focusing on policy evaluations related to health, aging, and human capital in the US and India. My research has three broad areas of focus. The first explores the impact of technologies like high-speed internet (Broadband) and the Green Revolution on health, welfare, human capital, and social security access. Secondly, I study the lasting effects of early life shocks on later health and intergenerational well-being. My third research agenda evaluates the effects of different educational policies on human capital.
I employ advanced quantitative methods, including recent developments in difference-in-differences (DID) and multiple regression discontinuity design (MRDD), along with novel data, to address critical policy questions. My research have been funded by the Social Security Administration Retirement and Disability Research Consortium (SSA RDRC) and I have been served as the Co-PI with Prof. Lauren Schmitz on research funded by the Center for Demography, Health, and Aging (CDHA) which is one of the aging centers funded by the National Institute of Aging (NIA).
Please find my CV and the latest version of my Job Market Paper here.
Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics
University of Wisconsin-Madison