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Latika Hartmann

Assistant Chair
Manpower and Economics

Phone: (310) 804-1916


Latika Hartmann is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Naval Postgraduate School. She teaches courses in economics, statistics, and cost-benefit analysis. Her research focuses on key issues in economic development, business history and public finance, with an emphasis on education and infrastructure. She has published articles in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Economic Journal, Explorations in Economic History, Journal of Economic History, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Institutional Economics and Economics of Education Review. Her military projects have been funded by the Naval Research Program, Acquisition Research Program and USMEPCOM. She has received the Liskin Award for Teaching Excellence and the GSDM Disciplinary Research Award.

Before joining NPS, she was an assistant professor at Scripps College, a Hoover National Fellow, an economics fellow at Stanford University, and a visiting fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study at University of Warwick in 2010.
  • PhD - University of California-Los Angeles 2006
NPS Experience
  • 2014 - current: Assistant Chair
Other Experience
  • 2013 - 2013 Hoover National Fellow, Hoover Institution
  • 2009 - 2014 Assistant Professor of Economics, Scripps College
  • 2007 - 2009 Economics Fellow, Stanford University
  • 2006 - 2007 Hoover National Fellow, Hoover Institution
Research Interests
Policy Analysis
Development Economics
Economic History
Teaching Interests
Policy Analysis
Cost-Benefit Analysis


  • 2020 - GSDM Research Excellence Award in Disciplinary Research
  • 2020 - Journal of Economic History Exceptional Editorial Board Service Award
  • 2020 - GSDM EMBA Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2015 - Liskin Award for Teaching Excellence in GSBPP
  • 2013 - Epstein Lecture: London School of Economics, London School of Economics
  • 2013 - Arthur H. Cole prize for the best paper, Journal of Economic History
  • 2013 - W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellowship, Hoover Institution
  • 2012 - Mary MacKinnon Memorial Lecture, Canadian Network for Economic History
  • 2012 - Scripps Faculty Research Grant
  • 2011 - Scripps Mary Johnson Research Award
  • 2010 - Institute of Advanced Study Visiting Fellow, Warwick University
  • 2006 - Finalist, Gerschenkron Dissertation Prize in Economic History
  • 2006 - W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellowship, Hoover Institution

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • 2016 American Economic Association
  • 2010 Editorial Board Member, Economic History of Developing Regions
  • 2006 Economic History Association

Scholarly Work

  • Book Chapters
  • Hartmann, L., & Lindert, P, Healthy, Numerate and Smart: The Global Increase in Human Capital since 1870. Cambridge University Press.
  • Hartmann, L., Gupta, B., Roy, T., & Swamy, A. V, (2015). Agriculture in Colonial India. Routledge.
  • Hartmann, L, (2015). Caste, Colonialism and Schooling: Education in British India. Routledge.
  • Bogart, D., & Hartmann, L, (2015). Railways in Colonial India: An Economic Achievement? Routledge.
  • Books
  • Hartmann, L., Gupta, B., Roy, T., & Swamy, A. V, (2015). A new economic history of colonial India. Routledge.
  • Journal Articles
  • Bacolod, M., & Hartmann, L, Why Does G.I. Joe Serve Longer Than G.I. Jane? Race and Gender Gaps in the U.S. Military.
  • Hartmann, L., Rubin, J., Iyer, S., & Shrivastava, A, (2020). Culture and Colonial Legacy: Evidence from Public Goods Games. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, (173), 107-129.
  • Hartmann, L., & Swamy, A, (2020). A Policy of Credit Disruption: The Punjab Land Alienation Act of 1900. Economic History Review, 1(73), 134-158.
  • Hartmann, L., & Bogart, D, (2019). Extractive Institutions? Investor Returns to Indian Railway Companies in the Age of High Imperialism. Journal of Institutional Economics, 5(15), 751-774.
  • Hartmann, L., 2. Castelló-Climent, A., & Mukhdapadyay, A, (2018). Higher Education and Prosperity: From Catholic Missionaries to Luminosity in India. Economic Journal, 616(128), 3039-3075.
  • Bacolod, M., & Hartmann, L, (2018). Distance to Promotion: Evidence from Military Graduate Education. Contemporary Economic Policy.
  • Hartmann, L., & Anand, S, (2017). Protecting the Borrower: An Experiment in Colonial India. Explorations in Economic History, (65), 36-54.
  • Hartmann, L., & Jared, R, (2016). Religious Identity and the Provision of Public Goods: Evidence from the Indian Princely States. Journal of Comparative Economics, 3(44), 461-483.
  • Bogart, D., & Hartmann, L, (2015). Off the rails: Is state ownership bad for productivity? Journal of Comparative Economics, 4(43), 997–1013.
  • Hartmann, L., & Garg, M, (2015). Does history matter? Colonial education investments in India. The Economic History Review, 3(68), 937–961.
  • Hartmann, L., & Cellini, S, (2014). The Labor Market Returns to a For-Profit College Education. Economics of Education Review, (43), 125-140.
  • Bogart, D., & Hartmann, L, (2013). Engines of growth: the productivity advance of Indian railways, 1874–1912. The Journal of Economic History, 02(73), 339–370.
  • Hartmann, L., Musacchio, A., Nafziger, S., & Yan, S, (2012). Big BRICs, weak foundations: the beginning of public elementary education in Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Explorations in Economic History, 2(49), 221–240.
  • Bogart, D., & Hartmann, L, (2012). Regulation, ownership, and costs: A historical perspective from Indian railways. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 28–57.
  • Hartmann, L., & Rubin, J, (2011). Reading, writing, and religion: Institutions and human capital formation. Journal of Comparative Economics, 1(39), 17–33.
  • Hartmann, L, (2010). Land revenues, schools and literacy A historical examination of public and private funding of education. Indian Economic & Social History Review, 2(47), 179–204.
  • Hartmann, L, (2010). Taxation and educational development: Evidence from British India. Explorations in Economic History, 3(47), 279–293.
  • Schirmer, S., Hartmann, L., Cosgel, M., Demonsant, J., Fourie, J., Frankema, E., Garzarelli, G., Luiz, J., Mariotti, M., Verhoef, G., & other, (2010). The state and scope of the economic history of developing regions. Economic History of Developing Regions, 1(25), 3–20.
  • Hartmann, L, (2009). Determinants of primary schooling in British India. The Journal of Economic History, 01(69), 269–302.
  • Hartmann, L, (2009). Education inputs, student performance and school finance reform in Michigan. Economics of Education Review, 1(28), 90–98.
  • Hartmann, L, (2007). Essays on Education and Social Divisions in Colonial India. The Journal of Economic History, 02(67), 500–503.
  • Research Reports
  • Hartmann, L., & Cellini, S. R, (2020). Commercials for College? Advertising in Higher Education.
  • Hartmann, L., & Cellini, S. R, (2020). Commercials for College? Advertising in Higher Education.