I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad (starting Summer 2019). My research examines the social, political and historical factors that cause and accentuate poverty, and how individuals and communities can break away from these structural constraints. One strand of my work focuses on elite formation, state capacity, conflict and governance. A second strand engages with agrarian issues such as analyzing the welfare consequences of adopting modern technologies. My CV is here.
I rely on a variety of methods ranging from randomized controlled trials to natural experiments to inform answers to various questions. I combine applied microeconometric techniques with spatial data, natural language processing of archives, rapid-ethnographies and mini-biographies to provide a “thick description” of research that it is both well grounded and empirically rigorous. My research is supported by funding from Azim Premji University and Foundation, Election Commission of India, International Growth Center and Sigur Center for Asian Studies at The Elliott School of International Affairs.
Update: I am hiring pre-doctoral fellows to work with me on various new and exciting projects. For more information, please see these call for applications for researchers specializing in quantitative and qualitative methods.
Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics
Political Economy, Agricultural Economics