Nirvikar Singh
  • Title
    • Distinguished Professor
    • Director, Center for Analytical Finance
    • Sarbjit Singh Aurora Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Economics Department
  • Affiliations South Asia Studies, Sikh and Punjabi Studies, Economics Department, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
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  • Office Location 421 Engineering 2
  • Mail Stop Economics Department
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Economics, Development Economics, Political Economy of Development
  • Courses Taught Econ 235: Corporate Finance, Econ 139A: Economics of Electronic Commerce, Econ 204B: Advanced Microeconomic Theory

Summary of Expertise

Indian Economy, Indian-Americans, Sikhs and Punjab

Research Interests

Industrial organization, political economy, economic development, technology and innovation, South Asian immigrants in the U.S., Indian economy, Sikhs and the Punjab

Biography, Education and Training

Nirvikar Singh holds the Sarbjit Singh Aurora Chair of Sikh and Punjabi Studies at UCSC. He also directs the UCSC South Asian Studies Initiative within Social Sciences. He is a member of the Advisory Group to the Finance Minister of India on G-20 matters He has previously served as Director of the Santa Cruz Center for International Economics, Co-Director of the Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Special Advisor to the Chancellor (all at UCSC), and Consultant to the Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. He organized one of the first major US conferences on Indian economic reform. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BSc and MSc from the London School of Economics, where he was awarded the Allyn Young Prize, Gonner Prize and Ely Devons Prize.

Professor Singh’s current research topics include entrepreneurship, information technology and development, electronic commerce, business strategy, political economy, federalism, economic growth and the Indian economy. He has authored over 100 research papers and co-authored three books: Joint Ventures, International Investment and Technology Transfer; The Political Economy of Federalism in India; and Waiting to Connect: India IT Revolution Bypasses the Domestic Industry. He has also served as an advisor for several startups and knowledge services firms in Silicon Valley and in India.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Entrepreneurship in the Indian Diaspora (with Devesh Kapur), Center for Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania

Foreign Currency Borrowing by Indian Firms (with Ila Patnaik and Ajay Shah), International Growth Centre

Selected Publications




Regional Inequality in India in the 1990s: A District-level View, (with J. Kendall, R. K. Jain, and J. Chander), Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 49 (15), pp. 71-76 , 2014

Financial Integration and Financial Development in East Asia, (with I. Kaur), Millennial Asia, Vol. 5 (1), pp. 1-22 , 2014

Does Too Much Finance Harm Economic Growth?, (with S.H. Law), Journal of Banking and Finance, Vol. 41, pp. 36-44 , 2014

Markets, Morals and Motives: Economics and the Guru Granth Sahib, Sikh Review, 2013

China, India, and Industrial Policy for Inclusive Growth (with I. Kaur), China Economic Policy Review, Vol. 2(1), pp. 1375001-1 to 27 , 2013

Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural India: Lessons from a Survey in Four States (with Y. Zhou, K. Williams, J. Kendall and P.D. Kaushik), Review of Market Integration, Vol. 5 (1), pp. 1-42 , 2013

Dove or Hawk? Characterizing Monetary Policy Regime Switches in India (with M. Hutchison and R. Sengupta), Emerging Markets Review, Vol. 16, pp. 181-202 , 2013

Foreign Investors under Stress: Evidence from India (with I. Patnaik and A. Shah), International Finance, Vol. 16 (2), pp. 213-244 , 2013

Turkey’s Trilemma Trade-offs: Is there a role for reserves? (with O. Cortuk), Iktisat Isletme ve Finans Vol. 28 (328), pp. 105-122 , 2013

Trade productivity upgrading, trade fragmentation, and FDI in manufacturing: The Asian development experience (with J. Mora), Indian Growth and Development Review, Vol. 6 (1), pp. 61-87 , 2013

Trade Dynamics in the East Asian Miracle: A Time Series Analysis of US–East Asia Commodity Trade, 1962–1992 (with T. Carolan and J. Mora), Millennial Asia, Vol. 4 (1), pp. 87-108 , 2013

Information Technology and Productivity in Indian Manufacturing (with S. Sharma), India Policy Forum, Vol. 9, pp. 187-229, 2012

Effectiveness of Capital Controls in India: Evidence from the Offshore NDF Market (with M. Hutchison and G. Pasricha), IMF Economic Review, Vol. 60, pp. 395–438 , 2012

Internet Kiosks in Rural India: Gender, Caste and Location (with J. Kendall),  Review of Market Integration, Vol. 4 (1), pp. 1-43, 2012

Breaking the Mold: Thoughts on Punjab's Future Economic Development, forthcoming in Rejuvenating Punjab's Economy, ed. Lakhwinder Singh and Nirvikar Singh, New Delhi: Springer, 2016

Information Technology and its Role in India’s Economic Development: A Review, in ed. S. Mahendra Dev and S. Babu, Development in India: Micro and Macro Perspectives, New Delhi: Springer, 2015

India’s Trilemma: Financial Liberalization, Exchange Rates and Monetary Policy (with Michael M. Hutchison and Rajeswari Sengupta), World Economy, 2012

The Digital Divide in Rural South Asia: Survey Evidence from Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka (with Yan Zhou and P. D. Kaushik), Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore) Review, 23, 15-29, 2011

Some Market Measures of Capital Account Liberalization in India, (with Michael Hutchison and Gurnain Pasricha), in China and Asia in the Global Economy, ed. Yin-Wong Cheung and Guonan Ma, World Scientific Publishing, 2011

Expenditure Governance and Information Technology: Assessing India’s Situation and Potential, India Review, 9 (2), 107-139, 2010

Estimating a Monetary Policy Rule for India, (with Michael Hutchison and Rajeswari Sengupta), Economic and Political Weekly, 45 (38), 67-69, 2010

The Management of International Rivers as Demands Grow and Supplies Tighten: India, China, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, (with B. Crow), India Review, 8 (3), 306-339, 2009

Intermediaries in E-Commerce: Value Creation Roles, Encyclopedia of E-Business Development and Management in the Digital Economy, ed., In Lee, Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 188-197, 2009

Equilibrium Vengeance (with D. Friedman), Games and Economic Behavior, 66 (2), 813-829, 2008

Transaction Costs, Information Technology and Development, Indian Growth and Development Review, 1 (2), 212-236, 2008

Decentralization and Public Delivery of Health Care Services in India, Health Affairs, 27, no. 4 991-1001, 2008

Buy-It-Now: A Hybrid Market Institution (with S. Anderson, D. Friedman and G. Milam), Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, 9 (2), 137-153, 2008

Crossing a Chasm: Technologies, Institutions and Policies for Developing a Regional IT Industry, ICTs and Indian Social Change: Diffusion, Poverty and Governance, Ashwani Saith, M. Vijayabaskar and V. Gayathri ed., New Delhi: Sage Publications, 192-218, 2008

Services-Led Industrialization in India: Assessment and Lessons, in Industrial Development for the 21st Century: Sustainable Development Perspectives, ed. David O’Connor, New York: Orient Longman, 235-291, 2008

Market Institutions: An Expository Essay, Economics, Management, and Financial Markets, 5(2), 210-36, 2010

Fiscal Decentralization in China and India: Competitive, Cooperative or Market Preserving Federalism?, Public Finance and Management, 9 (1), available at http://www.spaef.com/article.php?id=433, 2007

Seller Strategies on eBay: Does Size Matter?”, (with Steve Anderson, Daniel Friedman and Garrett Milam) International Journal of Electronic Business, Vol. 5, No. 6, 643-669, 2007


Teaching Interests

Finance, E-commerce, Microeconomic Theory

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