Monica Singhal


Position Title
Associate Professor

SSH 1145
1 Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616
Office Hours
by appointment


  • PhD, Economics, Harvard University, 2005
  • AB, Economics, Harvard University, 1999 (magna cum laude)


Monica Singhal is an Associate Professor of Economics at UC Davis. She is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Faculty Affiliate of the International Growth Center. She previously served as Co-Editor for the Journal of Public Economics and on the board of the National Tax Association.

Research Focus

Professor Singhal specializes in public finance, with a particular focus on public finance in developing economies and systems of taxation and redistribution.

Selected Publications


Social Policy Instruments and the Compliance Environment
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 192: 246-267, 2021 (with Judd B. Kessler and Corinne Low)

Dodging the Taxman: Firm Misreporting and Limits to Enforcement
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 9(2): 144-64, 2017 (with Paul Carrillo and Dina Pomeranz)

Tax Morale
Journal of Economic Perspectives, 28(4):149-168, Fall 2014 (with Erzo F.P. Luttmer)

Informal Taxation
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 3(4):1-28, October 2011 [lead article] (with Ben Olken)
Appendices      Data

Culture, Context, and the Taste for Redistribution
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 3(1):157-79, February 2011 (with Erzo F.P. Luttmer)
Economist article   Appendix     Data


Professor Singhal teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in public finance. She is the recipient of the Tom Mayer Distinguished Teaching Award for the academic year 2018-2019.


Professor Singhal has received a number of major research grants, including from Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL), the International Growth Centre (IGC), and the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL).