Nakul Kumar, Assistant Professor

Nakul Kumar, Assistant Professor

Nakul Kumar

Department of Economics
Sutliff Hall 226 | 570-389-4342 |

Dr. Kumar joined Bloomsburg University in the Fall of 2013, before which he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Kumar received his Ph.D. from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia in the Fall of 2012. His doctoral dissertation titled ‘The Political Economy of Indian Disaster Relief’ uses Public Choice Theory to analyze the impact of the politicization of disaster relief on the quality of relief and rehabilitation efforts in India.

Dr. Kumar has worked extensively in Development Policy in India, and most recently consulted for the World Bank Group in Washington D.C. on Rice Price Inflation in East Asia.

Dr. Kumar’s research and teaching interests include International Development, Economics of Globalization and Economic Analysis of Political Behavior. He has taught courses in African Economic Development, Comparative Development and Economics of Transition. At Bloomsburg he teaches Principles of Economics, Business & Economics Statistics and Special Topics in Economics.

Research Interests:
International Political Economy/Public Choice, Economics of Development and International Economics

Publications and Working Papers:

Book Chapters:

JNNURM & the Urban Poor: A Critical Assessment’ (2008), (with Ruchira Sen and Dr. V.K Dhar) in ‘An Anthology on Poverty, Atlantic Books, India.

Non- Refereed Publications:
“Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Responding to Rice Price Inflation”, World Bank Report No. 62276-LA, August 2011 (With Josef L. Loening)

Working Papers:
1. 'A Case for Decentralizing Disaster Relief Response – Evidence from India.’

2. ‘Incentives and Expectations: Relief, Recovery and Rehabilitation in the Post-Indian Ocean Tsunami Context.’

3. ‘Tactical Redistribution in coalition politics. Evidence from India.’

4. ‘Economics of the Presidency Banks: A Historical Analysis of British India’, with Dr. Triyakshna Seshadri

5. ‘Political Cults and the Indian Polity: A Case Study of the Shiv Sena’