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I am a health economist working on health policy in lower-income countries, particularly India. My research focuses on health care markets and the role of the private sector, socioeconomic and gender inequality in health, and health policy design. One of my papers uses quasi-experimental methods to show how strategic behavior by private hospitals undermines the effectiveness of a government health insurance program covering 46 million low-income people in India. In another paper, I show that women are substantially less likely to benefit from the insurance program than men, indicating that without additional, female-targeted efforts, massive public subsidies for healthcare will fail to address gender inequalities. Building on these findings, I am starting new work on ways to encourage female utilization of health benefits 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 supported by grants from Harvard University, the Weiss Family Fund, and the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL). It has been covered by media and policy outlets in India including IGC-Ideas for India, ADB-Development AsiaIndiaSpend, 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 an Assistant Professor of Health Economics at University College London, an affiliate of the Stanford King Center for Global Development, and an invited researcher at J-PAL South Asia. I completed a doctorate degree at the Department of Global Health at Harvard University in May 2019, a Master of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2014, and the Asia Health Policy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Stanford University in 2022. My research . I have also 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.