Welcome to my website! I am a health economist working on health policy in lower-income countries, particularly India. My research focuses on the role of the private sector in the health system, frictions in health care markets, socioeconomic and gender inequality, and health policy design. In past and ongoing research I study the behavior of private hospitals, their responses to prices, and whether bottom-up accountability measures can improve their performance in the context of a government health insurance program targeting 46 million people in India. In other work, I show that women are substantially less likely to utilize health insurance benefits than men and that this is driven by gender bias within the household. Building on these findings, I am starting new work on the effects of expanding insurance coverage, ways to encourage households to utilize health benefits for females, and monitoring strategies to improve hospital compliance. My paper won the 2021 Adam Wagstaff Award for outstanding research on the economics of healthcare financing in lower income countries. My research has been covered by media and policy outlets in India including IGC-Ideas for India, ADB-Development Asia, IndiaSpend, Mint, The New Indian Express, and The Telegraph. You can listen to me discuss my research on the Ideas of India podcast here.
I am currently an Asia Health Policy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University, an affiliate of the Stanford King Center for Global Development, and an invited researcher at J-PAL South Asia. I completed my doctorate in the Department of Global Health at Harvard University in May 2019 and a Master of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2014. My research has been supported by grants from Harvard University, the Weiss Family Fund, and the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL). I have held a doctoral fellowship at the Center for Global Development. Previously, I worked on impact evaluations of health programs in India and on the implementation of HIV programs across several countries in sub-Saharan Africa. I spent my early years in Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai...but most of my childhood was spent in Mussoorie, a hill-station in the Himalayan foothills.