David Clingingsmith’s research is centered on the economics of developing countries. Much of his work uses economic history to illuminate the problems of economic development. Recently, Clingingsmith has been exploring how language change can result from the process of industrialization. His work on India shows that languages and dialects disappeared as workers switch to the prevailing language of the workplace. Another study examines how the global, local, and natural forces combined to cause industrial decline in early colonial India. Clingingsmith also uses randomized interventions to study diverse contemporary topics, such as how to improve incentives in health care delivery and how going on the Hajj impacts pilgrims.Personal Website
PhD, Harvard University, 2007
MA, University of Chicago, 1998
BA, University of Toronto, 1994
Interests and Courses
Recent Courses and Syllabi
- - Advanced Topics and Writing in Economics
- - Experimental Economics
- - Individual Readings and Research
- - The Economy in the American Century
Industrialization and Language in India Journal of Human Resources.
Clingingsmith, D., Khwaja, A. I., Kremer, M.
Estimating the Impact of the Hajj: Religion and Tolerance in Islam's Global Gathering (vol. 124, issue 3, ). Cambridge, MA: Quarterly Journal of Economics.
Clingingsmith, D., Williamson, J.
Deindustrialization in 18th and 19th century India: Mughal decline, climate shocks, and British industrial ascent (vol. 45, pp. 209-234). Amsterdam: Explorations in Economic History.
Clingingsmith, D., Khwaja, A., Kremer, M.
The Impact of the Hajj (Policy Brief) Dubai School of Government Working Paper Series.
Mecca and Moderation International Herald Tribune.
Kremer, M. R., Clingingsmith, D.
Delivering Health Care
Clingingsmith, D., Kremer, M., Bloom, E., Loevinsohn, B., Bhushan, I., King, E., Hong, R.
Contracting for Health: Evidence from Cambodia
Academic and Professional Activities
- Reviewer, Journal Article, Journal of Political Economy, 2012 - Present
- Board Member, Academic Integrity Board, 2010 - Present
- Reviewer, Journal Article, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2010 - Present
- Reviewer, Journal Article, Oxford Economic Papers, 2008 - Present
- Explorations Prize, Economic History Association. (2009).