I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. 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 political selection, 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.
New: I am co-organizing Seminar in Applied Microeconomics – Virtual Assembly and Discussion (SAMVAAD), along with Sabyasachi Das. SAMVAAD is a platform for faculty and researchers in India to present their work and get feedback from the applied micro community. Starting 1 May 2020, the online seminars will be conducted on Zoom every Friday from 10 AM to 11:15 AM IST. Please sign up to receive webinar links and visit SAMVAAD’s website for more details.
Update: While I am no longer hiring pre-doctoral fellows, I am always keen to hear from young scholars who would like to work with me. If you are interested in agriculture or governance issues, please do see these call for applications for researchers specializing in quantitative and qualitative methods and apply using the quantitative or qualitative form, as the case might be.
Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics
Political Economy, Agricultural Economics