Faculty – David Clingingsmith

David Clingingsmith - Associate Professor, Economics
Associate Professor, Economics

Peter B. Lewis Building 281
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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.

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PhD, Harvard University, 2007
MA, University of Chicago, 1998
BA, University of Toronto, 1994

Initially Appointed: 2007

Interests and Courses

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Selected Publications

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Reviewer, Journal Article, American Economic Journal, Applied Economics, 2014 - Present
  • 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).