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Monica Singhal


  • 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 serves on the Board of Directors of the National Tax Association, as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Development Economics, and as a Co-Editor for the Journal of Public Economics (beginning Fall 2016).

Research Focus

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

Selected Publications

Luttmer, E.F.P. and M. Singhal. "Tax Morale." Jounal of Economic Perspectives, 2014.

Olken, B. and M. Singhal. "Informal Taxation." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2011.

Luttmer, E.F.P. and M. Singhal. "Culture, Context, and the Taste for Redistribution." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2011.

Singhal, M. "Special Interest Groups and the Allocation of Public Funds." Journal of Public Economics, 2008.


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).