Development Economics; Political Economy; Economics of Education

Research Interests:
Vertical and Horizontal Inequality, Wealth distribution, Corruption, Culture and Identity, Education

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Irvine. I am interested in questions related to the distribution of wealth and it's dynamics with respect to economic institutions. My job market paper shows how an inequality trap can arise due to rent seeking. I am also interested in understanding the education choices that people make, with respect to school quality, incomes, identities and cultural norms. Most of my work has a policy focus. I use applied microeconomics tools, both theoretical and empirical. 

I'm also associated with initiatives to reduce pollution and mitigate climate change in India. Before joining UCI, I have worked with remote-sensing data to assess income distribution in India at a fine spatial resolution. I received an M.A. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2010 and a B.A. Honors from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi in 2008. 

I am joining Columbia University as a Postdoctoral Scholar for the 2017-2018 academic year. 


Email    : mchaturv@uci.edu

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