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Latika Chaudhary is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at Naval Postgraduate School. Previously, she has worked as an Assistant Professor at Scripps College. She received her Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles in 2006. She was a Hoover National Fellow in 2006-2007 and an Economic Fellow at Stanford University from 2007 to 2009 before joining Scripps College in 2009. Her research has focused on how colonial policy influenced educational outcomes in British India, the effects of state ownership on Indian railways and other public finance issues surrounding the provision of education and railways.
Posts by Latika Chaudhary
Does being local matter? Administrative decentralisation and human development
In this post, Chaudhary and Iyer discuss the administrative decentralisation reforms brought about by the Panchayati Raj Act, and measure the effect of decentralisation on the provision of public serv...
- Latika Chaudhary Lakshmi Iyer
- 13 January, 2023
What constrained the expansion of education in British India?
Education and human capital development were neglected in colonial India. This column explores how colonial policies interacted with local conditions to influence the trajectory of Indian education. ...
- Latika Chaudhary
- 22 July, 2013
Could railways have done more to aid economic development in India?
Indian Railways celebrated its 160th anniversary last month. This column argues that while railways played a large economic role in British India, it is likely they could have done more to aid economi...
- Dan Bogart Latika Chaudhary
- 29 May, 2013
Microfinance and predatory lending: The same old story?
Once hailed as a near-miraculous way of lending money to the poor, microfinance is now often seen as exploitation – and governments are stepping in. This column looks at another point in India’s h...
- Latika Chaudhary Anand Swamy
- 19 October, 2012