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Rikhil R. Bhavnani

Associate Professor
Comparative Politics
Political Methodology
Affiliated with La Follette School of Public Affairs, Elections Research Center and the Center for South Asia
Research Interests: 
Representation, Political Economy of Development, Migration, Casual Inference, India
Office Location: 
312 North Hall
Office Hours: 
Thursdays, 3-4pm
(608) 262-5638



Bhavnani, Rikhil R., and Alexander Lee. 2018. "Local Embeddedness and Bureaucratic Performance: Evidence from India." Journal of Politics 80(1): 71-87.

Bhavnani, Rikhil R. 2018. "The Effects of Malapportionment in Parliamentary Systems: Subnational Evidence from India." British Journal of Political Science 48(1): 69-89.   

Bhavnani, Rikhil R., and Bethany Lacina. 2017. “Fiscal Federalism at Work? Central Responses to Internal Migration in India.” World Development 93: 236-248.

Bhavnani, Rikhil R. 2017. "Do the Effects of Temporary Ethnic Group Quotas Persist? Evidence from India." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 9(3): 105-123.

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 "Do Electoral Quotas Work After They Are Withdrawn?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.