My main area of research is development economics with a focus on micro-level institutions. Some of my work focuses on the role of gender. Recent projects include studies of rural governments and credit cooperative in India and missing women in developing countries. I am currently collecting data in rural Maharashtra, India with the aim to understand some implications of the new UID government initiative.
I obtained my PhD from UBC.
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Missing Unmarried Women. (with Debraj Ray) Forthcoming, Journal of the European Economic Association.
Legal Origins and Female HIV. Forthcoming, American Economic Review.
Distress in Marathaland. (with Patrick Francois, Ashok Kotwal, and Ashwini Kulkarni) Economic Political Weekly, December 17, 2016, Vol. LI, No. 51, p. 14-16.
Property Rights Over Marital Transfers. (with Chris Bidner) Quarterly Journal of Economics, August 2015, Volume 130(3), p. 1421-1484.
One Kind of Democracy: Implementing MGNREGS. (with Patrick Francois, Ashok Kotwal and Ashwini Kulkarni) Economic and Political Weekly, June 27, 2015, Volume L, No. 26-27, pp. 44-48.
Clientelism in Indian Villages. (with Patrick Francois and Ashok Kotwal) American Economic Review, June 2015, Volume 105(6), p. 1780-1816.
Suicide and Property Rights in India. (with Garance Genicot) Journal of Development Economics, May 2015, Volume 114, p. 64-78.
Human Capital Effects of Marriage Payments. IZA World of Labor, September 2014, 77.
The Age Distribution of Missing Women in India. (with Debraj Ray) Economic and Political Weekly, December 2012, Vol. XLVII, No. 47-48, p. 87-95
Caste as an Impediment to Trade. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Volume 3, January 2011, 239-263.
Missing Women Age and Disease. (with Debraj Ray), Review of Economic Studies, Volume 77, October 2010, 1262-1300.
Determinants of Female Autonomy: Evidence From Bangladesh. (with Mukesh Eswaran), Journal of Development Economics, November 2009, 90(2), 179-191.
Enforcement and Oganizational Design in Informal Savings Groups. (with Jean-Marie Baland and Karl Moene), Journal of Development Economics, September 2009, 90(1), 14-23.
The Economics of Dowry and Brideprice. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 21(4), 2007, 151-174.
Informal Institutions: Theory and Evidence from a Kenyan Slum. (with Patrick Francois) in Institutions and Economic Growth edited by Elhanan Helpman, Harvard University Press, 2008.
Why the Marriage Squeeze Cannot Cause Dowry Inflation. Journal of Economic Theory, Fall 2007, 137(1), 140-152.
Why Dowry Payments Declined with Modernization in Europe but are Rising in India. Journal of Political Economy, April 2003, Vol. 111, p. 269-310.
The Economics of Roscas and Intra-household Resource Allocation. (with Jean-Marie Baland), Quarterly Journal of Economics, August 2002, Vol. 117, p. 963-995.
John Rae Prize