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Assistant Professor
Email: svisaria@ust.hk

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

  • Assistant Professor, Economics, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2009 - present
  • 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

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


  • The Distributive Impact of Reforms in Credit Enforcement: Evidence from Indian Debt Recovery Tribunals (with Ulf von Lilienfeld-Toal and Dilip Mookherjee), Econometrica, March 2012, Volume 80, Number 2, pp. 497-558.
  • Legal Reform and Loan Payment: The Microeconomics Impact of Debt Recovery Tribunals in India, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, July 2009, pp. 59-81.
  • Inter 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.
  • Segregation, Rent Control and Riots: The Economics of Religious Conflict in an Indian City (with Erica Field, Matthew Levinson and Rohini Pande), American Economic Review, May 2008, pp. 505-510.



  • 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).
  • Effects of Economic Incentives and Lay Theories on Student Achievement: Evidence from Non-Formal Schools (with Melody M. Chao, Rajeev Dehejia and Anirban Mukhopadhyay).
  • 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".)


  • ECON 6100L: Topics in Economic Development, Masters elective (Spring 2015 [scheduled], 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).

 CURRICULUM VITAE (available on request).