Sam Asher

Sam Asher is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Economics Department at Nuffield College, Oxford University. His research focuses on economic development, firms in developing countries and political economy. Most of his work is on India, where he has been working for the past eight years.

Content by Sam Asher
  • Publication - Working Paper

    The Socioeconomic High-resolution Rural-Urban Geographic dataset on India (SHRUG)

    16 Apr 2019 | Sam Asher, Tobias Lunt, Ryu Matsuura, Paul Novosad

  • Project

    Rapid response project on Indian firm data

    In March 2015, IGC organised a Workshop on Industry Data, held in Delhi. The workshop provided an opportunity for academics, policy makers and government agencies to discuss difficulties they face with using or collecting datasets on Indian firms, and define the steps for a way forward to improve the quality of the data available in these areas. To prepare for the...

    31 Aug 2017 | Sam Asher, Paul Novosad

  • Project

    How do rural roads affect development? Evidence from India

    Despite a broad consensus that high transportation costs are a large barrier to economic development, many of the world's poor live in rural communities without paved roads, impeding their access to outside markets and public services. The high cost of roads means that the tradeoffs are steep in terms of other public goods and services. Nevertheless, the impact of rural...

    9 May 2017 | Paul Novosad, Sam Asher

  • Project

    Rapid urbanisation, rural-to-urban migration and rural development: Evidence from 8000 Indian towns

    Rapid urbanisation and declining rural poverty are central features of many developing countries today, but there is little research on their relationship, especially on the impacts of rapid urbanisation on peri-urban and rural areas close to cities. Rural areas are expected to benefit from urban growth, but it is unclear whether these benefits take place via labour...

    8 Nov 2016 | Paul Novosad, Sam Asher

  • Project

    The cost of road construction in rural Tanzania: Random audits and contractor performance

    Cost effective infrastructure construction is a major concern in low income countries. Infrastructure is lacking: only 30% of roads in the average low-income country are paved, and only 3% in Tanzania.  Evidence suggests that low income countries are further getting poor value for money in road construction and maintenance: road costs are positively correlated with...

    14 Jun 2016 | Sam Asher, Martina Kirchberger, Paul Novosad