Vikram Maheshri


Here is my CV.

I am an associate professor of economics at the University of Houston who studies social interactions, usually in urban settings.


Working Papers

  1. Migrants at Sea: Unintended Consequences of Search and Rescue Operations,” with Claudio Deiana and Giovanni Mastrobuoni, forthcoming, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.

  2. A Unified Empirical Framework to Study Segregation,” with Gregorio Caetano, under review.

  3. AI At the Wheel: The Effectivness of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems,” with Clifford Winston and Yidi Wu, under review.

  4. Cultural Remittances and Diasporas.”

  5. “Schelling Meets Hotelling: Segregation Dynamics and Policies,” with Gregorio Caetano.

  6. “Towards Linking High-frequency Bias in CNN with Model Fairness,” Hao Liang, Josue Caro, Ankit Patel, Vikram Maheshri and Guha Balakrishnan.


  1. Explaining Recent Trends in US School Segregation,” with Gregorio Caetano, Journal of Labor Economics, 2023, vol. 41, pp. 175-203. (Education Exchange Podcast)

  2. The Race Between Deterrence and Displacement: Theory and Evidence from Bank Robberies,” with Giovanni Mastrobuoni, Review of Economics and Statistics, 2021, vol. 103, pp. 547-562.

  3. Gender Segregation Within Neighborhoods,” with Gregorio Caetano, Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2019, vol. 17, pp. 253-263. Online Appendix

  4. Identifying Dynamic Spillovers in Criminal Behavior with a Causal Approach to Model Selection,” with Gregorio Caetano, Quantitative Economics, 2018, vol. 9, pp. 343-394. Online Appendix

  5. From Gallons to Miles: A Short Run Disaggregate Analysis of Automobile Travel and Externality Taxes,” with Ashley Langer and Clifford Winston, Journal of Public Economics, 2017, vol. 152, pp. 34-46. (Houston Chronicle, HuffPost)

  6. School Segregation and the Identification of Tipping Behavior,” with Gregorio Caetano, Journal of Public Economics, 2017, vol. 148, pp.115-135. Online Appendix

  7. Did the Great Recession Keep Bad Drivers Off the Road?,” with Clifford Winston, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 2016, vol. 52, pp. 1-26. (Washington Post)

  8. A dynamic Duverger’s law,” with Jean Guillaume Forand, Public Choice, 2015, vol. 165 (3), pp. 285-306.

  9. An Exploratory Study of the Pricing of Legal Services,” with Clifford Winston, International Review of Law and Economics, 2014, vol. 38, pp. 169-173.

  10. Long Run Effects of Mergers: The Case of US Western Railroads,” with Clifford Winston and Scott M. Dennis, Journal of Law and Economics, 2011, vol. 54, pp. 275-303.

  11. On the Social Desirability of Urban Rail Transit Systems,” with Clifford Winston, Journal of Urban Economics, 2007, vol 62 (3), pp. 362-382.

  12. An Exploration of the Offset Hypothesis Using Disaggregate Data: The Case of Airbags and Antilock Brakes,” with Clifford Winston and Fred Mannering, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 2006, vol. 32 (2), pp. 83-99.

Books & Book Chapters

  1. First Thing We Do, Let’s Deregulate all the Lawyers, with Clifford Winston and Robert Crandall, 2011, Brookings Institution Press. (The Economist, Amazon)

  2. “The Effect of Reductions in Vehicle Miles Traveled on Highway Fatalities and Congestion with Heterogeneous Motorists”, with Clifford Winston, in Revitalizing a Nation: Competition and Innovation in the US Transportation System, under review, Brookings Institution Press.

  3. “Railroad Competition and Innovation”, with Clifford Winston, Jia Yan and Scott Dennis, in Revitalizing a Nation: Competition and Innovation in the US Transportation System, under review, Brookings Institution Press.