Dr. Prakarsh Singh

UG Program Chair, Data Science, Economics & Business (DSEB)

Chair Professor, Plaksha University

Area of Expertise

  • Applied Microeconomics, Development Economics, Personnel Economics, Experimental Economics.

Research Interests

  • Randomized Controlled Experiments
  • Child Undernutrition
  • Incentives in the Workplace
  • Marketing optimization
  • Civil wars and Terrorism
  • Discrimination


  • PhD in Economics, London School of Economics (2011)

Past Associations

  • Senior Economist Manager, Amazon (2017-current)
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Amherst College (2011-2018)
  • Visiting positions at University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, University of Navarra (Spain) and Liberal Arts Initiative in China.


Dr. Prakarsh Singh is Chair Professor of Economics at Plaksha University. He was a science leader and senior economist at Amazon with work spanning subscription modelling, global talent management and streaming businesses to develop strategic insights in competition, pricing and marketing. He has hands-on experience building models employing econometrics, machine learning and data science.   


Dr. Singh has 21 publications in peer-reviewed economics journals with 400+ citations. His publications in top-ranked field journals include Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Health Economics, European Economic Review, Economics of Education Review, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution among many others, with a Grand Challenges Explorations Grant awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, state governments across India, and grants from the World Bank, United Nations and Fordham University. His research work on Incentives for Child caregivers to reduce Malnutrition has been awarded AAEA's Quality of Research Discovery and Best Paper Awards. He was the main Organizer of the Inaugural Liberal Arts Colleges Development Economics Conference (LAC-DEV) in 2013 and Co-organizer, 2014-2017. The annual conference showcases the best research in Development Economics at leading Liberal Arts Colleges. 


Dr. Singh has 12+ years of work experience in academia and industry with invited presentations at 80+ leading global academic and policy institutions. Within Amazon, Dr. Singh was a recognized Bar Raiser with an experience of leading 150+ tech hiring loops and has led research projects and teams in Prime Science, Global Talent Management and Prime Video. Prior to Amazon, he was a professor at Amherst College in Massachusetts, the leading liberal arts college in the US with visiting positions at Swarthmore College, University of Pennsylvania and University of Navarra. He completed his Ph.D., Master of Research and Bachelor of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics.