I am currently an Asia Health Policy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University. My research focuses on the role of the private sector in the health system, frictions in health care markets, the extent to which public health policies benefit target populations (women in particular), and health policy design in lower income countries. In past and ongoing research I have examined the extent to which government 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 Rajasthan, India. In other work, I document that women are substantially less likely to utilize health insurance benefits than men and that this is driven by gender bias in 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 increase hospital compliance so that insurance programs benefit patients.
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.