Delhi School of
Miranda House, Univ of
ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Professor, Economics, The Hong Kong University of
Science and Technology, 2009 - present
Assistant Professor, Ford School of Public Policy
and Ross School of Business, University of
Professor, Economics, Boston University, 2005-2009
Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Institutional
Economics, Financial Economics, Welfare and Poverty
Distributive Impact of Reforms in Credit
Enforcement: Evidence from Indian Debt Recovery
Tribunals (with Ulf von Lilienfeld-Toal
and Dilip Mookherjee),
2012, Volume 80, Number 2, pp. 497-558.
Reform and Loan Payment: The Microeconomics Impact
of Debt Recovery Tribunals in India, American
Economic Journal: Applied Economics, July
2009, pp. 59-81.
Country Comparisons of Poverty based on a
Capability Approach (with Sanjay Reddy and
Muhammad Asali). In Arguments
for a Better World: Essays in Honour
of Amartya Sen (editors: Kaushik Basu
and Ravi Kanbur),
2009, Oxford University Press, pp. 7-29.
Rent Control and Riots: The Economics of Religious
Conflict in an Indian City (with Erica Field,
Matthew Levinson and Rohini
Economic Review, May 2008, pp. 505-510.
Smallholder Agriculture: An Experiment with
Agent-Intermediated Microloans in India
(with Pushkar Maitra,
and Alberto Motta), HKUST Institute for Emerging
Market Studies Working Paper 2015-23. Second
revision requested, Journal of Development
- Asymmetric Information and
Middleman Margins: An Experiment with Indian
Potato Farmers (with Sandip
Mookherjee and Maximo
Torero), HKUST Institute for Emerging Market
Studies Working Paper 2015-29. Revision
submitted, Review of Economics and
- Unintended Negative Consequences
of Rewards for Student Attendance: Results from
a Field Experiment in Indian Classrooms
(with Melody M. Chao, Rajeev Dehejia and Anirban
Mukhopadhyay), HKUST Institute for Emerging Market
Studies Working Paper 2015-22. Second
revision submitted, Economics of Education
Mindsets and Identity Diverge: The Effects of
Implicit Theories and Incentive Schemes in a Field
Intervention (with Melody M. Chao, Anirban
Rajeev Dehejia). Submitted, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
Distributive Impacts of Loans to Finance
Smallholder Agriculture (with Pushkar Maitra,
Sandip Mitra and Dilip Mookherjee).
Clientelistic Politics and Agent-Intermediated
Lending: How Political Agents Use Targeted Loans
to Influence Vote Shares (with Pushkar Maitra,
Sandip Mitra and Dilip Mookherjee).
to Make a Miracle: Structurally Disentangling the
Mechanisms by which Agent-Intermediated Lending
Increases Farmer Incomes (with Isabella Dobrescu,
Michael Keane, Pushkar Maitra, Alberto Motta and
Incentivising the Poor to Save: A Study of Migrant
Domestic Workers in Hong Kong (with Wooyoung Lim).
Market Structure and Middleman Margins in Potato
Markets in West Bengal: Evidence from Trader
Surveys (with Pushkar Maitra, Sandip Mitra, Dilip
Mookherjee and Alberto Motta).
Assessing the Relative Importance of Information
and Credit Constraints: An Empirical Study of
Agricultural Sales (with Pushkar Maitra, Sandip
Mitra, Dilip Mookherjee and Alberto Motta).
Inclusion for Agricultural Growth: An Alternative
Approach (with Pushkar Maitra, Sandip Mitra,
Dilip Mookherjee and Alberto Motta), Ideas for
India, 8th December 2014.
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.
Against Innovation (with Rajeev Dehejia), The
Indian Express, 20th
- 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
- ECON 6100L: Topics in Economic
Development, Masters elective
(Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014).
- ECON 4434: Economic Development
& Growth, Undergraduate elective (Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013,
Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Spring 2010).
- ECON 4234: Labour
Economics & Human Resources, Undergraduate
elective (Fall 2015, Fall 2014).
- ECON 2113: Microeconomics, Undergraduate
core course (Spring 2013,
2012, 2011, 2010).
updated: July 2016.