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Prof. Sujata VISARIA

Prof. Sujata VISARIA

Associate Professor

svisaria@ust.hk

Academic qualification

  • Ph.D. Economics Columbia University 2005
  • M.A. Economics Delhi School of Economics 1998
  • B.A.(Hons.) Economics Miranda House, Unversity of Delhi 1996

Academic and Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Economics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2017 - present
  • Assistant Professor, Economics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2009 - 2017
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Ford School of Public Policy and Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, 2008-2009
  • Assistant Professor, Economics, Boston University, 2005-2009 

PUBLICATIONS


WORKING PAPERS

WORK IN PROGRESS

  • Targeting of Agricultural Credit Programs: Private Agents versus Local Governments (with Pushkar Maitra, Sandip Mitra and Dilip Mookherjee). 
  • Incentivising the Poor to Save: A Study of Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong (with Wooyoung Lim). 
  • How to Make a Miracle: Structurally Disentangling the Mechanisms by which Agent-Intermediated Lending Increases Farmer Incomes (with coauthors). 
  • Market Structure and Middleman Margins in Potato Markets in West Bengal: Evidence from Trader Surveys (with coauthors). 
  • Assessing the Relative Importance of Information and Credit Constraints: An Empirical Study of Agricultural Sales (with coauthors).

NON-ACADEMIC WRITING

  • Agricultural Microfinance: An Alternative Trail (with Pushkar Maitra, Sandip Mitra, Dilip Mookherjee and Alberto Motta), Spore, January 2017. 
  • Financial Inclusion for Agricultural Growth: An Alternative Approach (with Pushkar Maitra, Sandip Mitra, Dilip Mookherjee and Alberto Motta), Ideas for India, 8th December 2014.
  • Helping Microfinance Fulfill Its Promise: Raising Borrower Incomes through Agent-Intermediated Lending (with Pushkar Maitra, Sandip Mitra, Dilip Mookherjee and Alberto Motta), IEMS Thought Leadership Brief, No. 3, October 2014.
  • Schooled Against Innovation (with Rajeev Dehejia), The Indian Express, 20th September 2014.
  • Agent Intermediated Loans: A New Approach to Microfinance (with Pushkar Maitra, Sandip Mitra, Dilip Mookherjee and Alberto Motta), ISB Insight, Jan-Mar 2014, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp. 33-37. (ISB Insight is the "Flagship Research Quarterly of the Indian School of Business".)

AFFILIATIONS


TEACHING

  • ECON 5420 (formerly ECON 6100L): Topics in Economic Development, Masters elective (Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014).
  • ECON 4434: Economic Development & Growth, Undergraduate elective (Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Spring 2010).
  • ECON 4234: Labour Economics & Human Resources, Undergraduate elective (Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014).
  • ECON 2113: Microeconomics, Undergraduate core course (Spring 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010).

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Institutional Economics, Financial Economics, Welfare and Poverty