Sriniketh Nagavarapu

Assistant Professor of Economics


Sriniketh Nagavarapu joined the Economics Department, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, and the PSTC in 2008. His research is focused on environmental and labor economics in developing countries. Specifically, he is interested in understanding how local institutions manage natural resources and public service delivery, and how management effectiveness is shaped by market incentives and the nature of the institutions. He is particularly interested in settings where government monitoring and enforcement are limited.

His past work has examined the adoption of clean-burning cookstoves in rural India, the delivery of subsidized food to low income households through India's Public Distribution System (PDS), and the decision-making of fishing cooperatives and their members in Mexico. 

Nagavarapu's field research has been supported by the National Science Foundations' Coupled Natural and Human Systems Program and the International Growth Centre's India-Central Programme.

His current research examines several topics related to public goods and public service delivery in India, including reforms to the PDS in urban Punjab, water quality and water markets in Rajasthan, and the role of elected politicians and the Indian civil service in producing regional variation in the quality of public services.

Selected Publications

Aburto-Oropeza, Octavio, Heather Leslie, Austen Mack-Crane, Sriniketh Nagavarapu, Sheila M.W. Reddy, and Leila Sievanen. 2014. “Property Rights for Fishing Cooperatives: How (and How Well) Do They Work?”  Conditionally Accepted, World Bank Economic Review 

Reddy, Sheila M.W., Allison Wentz, Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Martin Maxey, Sriniketh Nagavarapu, and Heather Leslie. “Evidence of Market-Driven Size-Selective Fishing and the Mediating Effects of Biological and Institutional Factors.” Ecological Applications 23(4): 726-741.

Thurber, Mark C. Himani Phadke, Sriniketh Nagavarapu, Gireesh Shrimali, and Hisham Zerriffi. 2014. “'Oorja' in India: Assessing a Large-Scale Commercial Distribution of Advanced Biomass Stoves to Households.” Energy for Sustainable Development Vol. 19: 138-150.


Applied microeconomics, Brazil, Development, Economic growth, India, Labor economics, Mexico, United States