I am an empirical development economist with interests in firms and markets in developing countries, regional shocks and their impact on long-term development, and the political economy of India. My research uses data from a wide variety of settings, ranging from 19th century Boston to contemporary India, and applies both structural and reduced form methodologies.
Keniston, D., Banerjee, A., Duflo, E., Chattopadyay, R., and Singh, N. (2021). Improving Police Performance in Rajasthan, India: Experimental Evidence on Incentives, Managerial Autonomy, and Training. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.
Banerjee, A., Duflo, E., Keniston, D., Singh, N., and , .. The Efficient Deployment of Police Resources: Theory and New Evidence from a Randomized Drunk Driving Crackdown in India. Econometrica.
Keniston, D. and Allcott, H. (2018). Dutch Disease or Agglomeration? The Local Economic Effects of Commodity Booms and Busts in Modern America. Review of Economic Studies, 85(2), 695-731.
Hornbeck, R. and Keniston, D. (2017). Creative Destruction: Barriers to Urban Growth and the Great Boston Fire of 1872. American Economic Review, 107(6), 1365-1398.
Banerjee, A., Banerji, R., Duflo, E., Glennerster, R., Keniston, D., Khemani, S., and Shotland, M. (2007). Can information campaigns raise awareness and local participation in primary education?. Economic and Political Weekly, , 1365--1372.
Research Interests: Development Economics, Industrial Organization, Economic History, Urban Economics
Keniston, D., Cassan, G., and Kleineberg, T. (2021). A Division of Laborers: Identity and Efficiency in India