Nirav Mehta

Last updated: March 19, 2020

Department of Economics
University of Western Ontario
Social Science Centre 4063
London, ON, N6A 5C2
Canada

Office: Social Science Centre 4037
Email: nirav.mehta@uwo.ca
Homepage: http://publish.uwo.ca/~nmehta22/

Employment

  • On Sabbatical, January-December 2020 (spending part of my time at UNC-Chapel Hill)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Western Ontario, July 2019–present
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Western Ontario, July 2011–June 2019
  • Economist, New York State Senate Democrats, New York State Legislature, January 2004–August 2005

Education

  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 2011
  • M.Sc. with Distinction, Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2003
  • B.A., Economics and International Relations, Summa Cum Laude, University of South Carolina, 2001

Fields of Research Interest

Empirical microeconomics, structural estimation, empirical contracts, public economics, economics of education, and health economics

Research

Published/Forthcoming

1.
Mehta, Nirav. “Competition in Public School Districts: Charter School Entry, Student Sorting, and School Input Determination,” International Economic Review, 58(4), 1089–1116, 2017.
2.
Fu, Chao and Nirav Mehta. “Ability Tracking, School and Parental Effort, and Student Achievement: A Structural Model and Estimation,” Journal of Labor Economics, 36(4), 923–979, 2018.
3.
Mehta, Nirav. “An Economic Approach to Generalizing Findings From Regression-Discontinuity Designs,” Journal of Human Resources, 54(4), 2019.
4.
Devlin, Rose Anne, Koffi-Ahoto Kpelitse, Lihua Li, Nirav Mehta, Sisira Sarma. “Family Physician Remuneration Schemes and Specialist Referrals: Quasi-experimental Evidence from Ontario, Canada,” Health Economics, 27(10), 1533–1549, 2018.
5.
Mehta, Nirav. “The Potential Output Gains from Using Optimal Teacher Incentives: An Illustrative Calibration of a Hidden Action Model,” Economics of Education Review, 66, 67–72, 2018.
6.
Mehta, Nirav. “Measuring Quality for Use in Incentive Schemes: The Case of ‘Shrinkage’ Estimators,” Quantitative Economics, 10(4), 1537–1577, 2019.
7.
Mehta, Nirav, Ralph Stinebrickner, and Todd Stinebrickner. “Time-Use and Academic Peer Effects in College,” Economic Inquiry, 57(1), 162–171, 2019.
8.
“Production of Physician Services under Fee-For-Service and Blended Fee-For-Service: Evidence from Ontario, Canada,” with Sisira Sarma, Nibene Habib Somé, Rose Anne Devlin, Gregory Zaric, Lihua Li, Salimah Shariff, Bachir Belhadji, Amardeep Thind, and Amit Garg. Forthcoming at Health Economics.
9.
Devlin, Rose Anne, Koffi-Ahoto Kpelitse, Lihua Li, Nirav Mehta, and Sisira Sarma. “After-Hours Incentives and Emergency Department Visits: Evidence from Ontario”. Forthcoming at Canadian Public Policy.

Revise and Resubmit

10.
Conley, Tim, Nirav Mehta, Ralph Stinebrickner, and Todd Stinebrickner. “Social Interactions, Mechanisms, and Equilibrium: Evidence From a Model of Study Time and Academic Achievement,” CESifo Working Paper 6896; NBER Working Paper 21418. Revise and Resubmit at the Journal of Political Economy.
11.
Nibene Habib Somé, Rose Anne Devlin, Nirav Mehta, Sisira Sarma, and Greg Zaric. “Stirring the Pot: Switching from Blended Fee-For-Service to Blended Capitation Models of Physician Remuneration”. Revise and resubmit at Health Economics.

Working Papers

12.
Gaynor, Martin, Nirav Mehta, and Seth Richards-Shubik. “Optimal Contracting with Altruistic Agents: A Structural Model of Medicare Reimbursements for Dialysis Drugs”.

In Progress

13.
“A Partial Identification Approach to Identifying the Determinants of Human Capital Accumulation.”
14.
“Supply, Demand, and Social Learning: An Application to Learning About Charter School Quality,” with Matt Chingos.
15.
“The Impact of Primary Health Care Reform on Population Health: Theory and Evidence from Ontario,” with Sisira Sarma.
16.
Project on design of tuition policy within the Danish university system, with Fane Groes and Chao Fu.

Teaching

University of Western Ontario

  • Ph.D. Public Economics (Econ 9628A/B): 2012-2013, 2016, 2018, 2019
  • Ph.D. Communication and Professional Development I (Econ 9770A/9880A): 2019 (co-taught with Audra Bowlus)
  • Public Finance: Expenditure (Econ 3328A): 2016-2018
  • Applied Econometrics I (Econ 3388A): 2017-2018
  • Intermediate Econometrics I, Honors (Econ 2222A): 2011-2015

Invited Seminars

  • 2019: University of Wisconsin, Madison; New York University; SUNY Stony Brook; SUNY Buffalo
  • 2016: Ryerson University; University of Illinois, Chicago; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; McGill University
  • 2015: University of California, Los Angeles; Cornell University PAM; McMaster University
  • 2014: University of Guelph; University of Calgary; Washington University in St. Louis; University of Rochester; University of California, Berkeley; University of Western Ontario Research Data Centre Seminar Series
  • 2013: Brock University; Amherst College
  • 2012: University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 2011: Ohio State University; University of Western Ontario; University of Minnesota; New York University; University of Miami

Conference Presentations

  • 2019: CESifo Area Conference on Economics of Education, Munich; Labo(u)r Day (MSU, Michigan, and UWO Annual Labor Economics Conference)
  • 2018: APPAM Fall Research Conference, Washington, DC; CESifo Area Conference on Economics of Education, Munich; Cowles Conference on Structural Microeconomics, Yale University, New Haven, CT; Canadian Economic Association Annual Conference, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec; Northwestern Healthcare Markets Conference, Kellog School of Management; Society of Labor Economists Annual Meeting, Toronto
  • 2017: HCEO Conference on Understanding Human Capital Formation and Its Determinants, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Association for Education Finance and Policy, Washington, DC; CESifo Area Conference on Economics of Education, Munich
  • 2016: CESifo Area Conference on Economics of Education, Munich; “Economizing Education Policy: Tradeoffs, Incentives, and Generalizing from Evidence.” 2016 Jacobs Foundation Conference (Young Scholar program), Marbach Castle, Germany; Association for Education Finance and Policy, Denver, CO
  • 2015: CESifo Area Conference on Economics of Education, Munich; Empirical Microeconomics Workshop, Banff, Alberta; Society for Economic Dynamics, Warsaw, Poland; Association for Education Finance and Policy, Washington, DC
  • 2014: CESifo Area Conference on Economics of Education, Munich; “Workshop: Theory + Data + Policy” (visiting as Weatherall Scholar), Queen’s University; Canadian Economic Association Annual Conference, Simon Fraser University; Labo(u)r Day (MSU, Michigan, and UWO Annual Labor Economics Conference); American Economic Association Meetings, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2013: “Public Policy from School to Retirement.” Arizona State University, Center for the Advanced Study of Economic Efficiency (CASEE); Canadian Economic Association Annual Conference, HEC Montreal
  • 2012: Structural Estimation of Behavioral Models: A Conference In Honor of Kenneth I. Wolpin; North American Summer Meetings of the Econometric Society; Society for Economic Dynamics, Limassol, Cyprus; Labo(u)r Day (MSU, Michigan, and UWO Annual Labor Economics Conference); International Industrial Organization Conference, Arlington, VA; Association for Education Finance and Policy (poster session), Washington D.C.
  • 2011: Association for Education Finance and Policy, Seattle, WA
  • 2010: International Industrial Organization Conference, Vancouver, BC; Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Washington D.C.; Institute of Education Sciences Annual Conference, Washington D.C.
  • 2009: Institute of Education Sciences Annual Conference, Washington D.C.

Internal Department Workshops

  • Applied/Labor Lunch Workshop, 2018
  • Applied/Labor Lunch Workshop, 2015
  • Economic Theory Workshop, 2014
  • Applied/Labor Lunch Workshop, 2013

Grants

  • 2019-2021: Co-PI on World Bank grant (w/ Eeshani Kandpal and Gil Shapira): “How Do Financial Incentives Affect Effort Allocation by Health Providers?”, $100,000 USD
  • 2019-2021: University of Western Ontario Faculty Scholar Award ($5,000)
  • 2017-2021: Co-investigator on Novo Nordist Foundation Grant (w/ Fane Groes and Chao Fu, on research team P1): “The Socioeconomic Importance of Research-Based Education”, ~$1.5 million USD (split with the four other research teams)
  • 2017-2018: Jacob’s Foundation Research Grant, 40,000 CHF (~$53,000)
  • 2014-2015: Western Strategic Support for SSHRC Success, $18,803
  • 2012-2015: SSHRC Insight Development Grant, $28,456
  • 2012-2013: University of Western Ontario International Research Award, $6,365
  • 2009-2011: Institute for Education Science Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (United States Department of Education), approximately $156,000 (USD)

Honors, Awards, & Fellowships

  • Western University Faculty Scholar, 2019
  • Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, 2019
  • Member, Human Capital and Economic Opportunity (Markets Group) at the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2016-
  • CESifo Research Network Affiliate, 2014-
  • CESifo Young Affiliate Award Candidate, 2014
  • Weatherall Scholar, Queen’s University, 2014
  • William P. Carey Prize for Best Economics Dissertation in 2011 at University of Pennsylvania Economics Department, 2012
  • Institute of Education Sciences Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2009-2011
  • University of Pennsylvania Economics Department Fellowship, 2005-2011 (declined 2009-2011)
  • Edwin Mansfield Teaching Prize for Best Performance by a Recitation Instructor in Introductory Economics, 2008
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of South Carolina, 2001

Professional Activities

  • Reviewer for Quantitative Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Human Resources, International Economic Review, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Canadian Journal of Economics, Economic Inquiry, Economics of Education Review, Labour Economics, Journal of Human Capital, and Education Finance and Policy.
  • Reviewer for SSHRC Insight Grant program
  • Discussant for International Industrial Organization Conference, March 2012, Canadian Economic Association Conference, May 2013; CESifo Area Conference on Economics of Education, September 2014; Association of Education Finance and Policy Conference, February 2015; CESifo Area Conference on Economics of Education, September 2015; Association of Education Finance and Policy Conference, March 2016, CESifo Area Conference on Economics of Education, September 2016; CESifo Area Conference on Economics of Education, September 2017; CESifo Area Conference on Economics of Education, September 2018
  • Departmental service:
    • Econometrics Subject Area Coordinator, 2014-2019
    • Graduate Affairs Committee, 2015-2016
    • Applied Economics/ Econometrics Workshop organizer, 2013-2014
    • Economics Appointments Committee, 2011-13
    • Ph.D. Student Advising:
      • Advisor:
        • Completed: Jin Zhou (co-advisor; initial placement: Post-doc at Center for the Economics of Human Development, University of Chicago); George Orlov (co-advisor; initial placement: Post-doc at Department of Economics, Cornell University); Tomasz Handler (co-advisor; initial placement: StatsCan)
        • Current: Martin Luccioni (primary advisor); Tian Liu (primary advisor)
      • Committee member: Hyeongsuk Jin, Qian Liu, Yifan Gong, Marco Pariguana, Robert Millard
    • Ph.D. Thesis Examiner:
      • Nick Bedard, Masashi Miyairi, Sarah Xue Dong, Maria Antonella Mancino
    • Master’s Thesis Examiner:
      • Ciara Pendrith, Yue Niu