I am a health economist working on public health policy in 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 examine the extent to which public subsidies for health care are captured by private hospitals and whether accountability measures can help patient claim their entitlements 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 Ideas for India, IndiaSpend, Mint, The New Indian Express, and The Telegraph.
I am currently an Asia Health Policy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University, and will be on the job market in the fall of 2021. I am an affiliate of the Stanford King Center for Global Development. I completed my doctorate in the Department of Global Health at Harvard University in May 2019. 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 in Mussoorie, a hill station in the Himalayan foothills.