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

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


  1. Explaining Recent Trends in US School Segregation,” with Gregorio Caetano, Journal of Labor Economics, forthcoming Jan. 2023. (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.


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