Welcome to my webpage!

I am an applied microeconomist interested in the impact of social insurance and legal policies on vulnerable populations, especially within health, aging, and crime. My work involves economic modeling, analysis of large secondary datasets, and field experiments in the developing world. I am an assistant professor of Risk and Insurance at the Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I teach business analytics. I am also an affiliated faculty with the University of Wisconsin Law School.

I completed my Ph.D. in Applied Economics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. I also hold an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering, a B.S. in Mathematics, and a B.A. in Economics, all from Stanford University. Prior to enrolling at Wharton, I spent two years working as a consultant at Oliver Wyman, in the company’s financial services arm, in New York. 

Here is a link to my CV: [pdf]


“Assessing the Demand for Micropensions among India's Poor" (with Olivia S. Mitchell), The Journal of the Economics of Ageing (pdf)

          Media coverage: Knowledge@Wharton

Working Papers

“Impacts of Private Prison Contracting on Inmate Time Served and Recidivism” (submitted) (pdf)

Media Coverage: New Yorker, TIME, Huffington Post, The Fiscal TimesMother Jones, The Hill, Wisconsin State JournalAllGovUW-Madison; Boom California; radio interview with WORT 89.9FM [link]; television coverage on RT news [link]

“Pitfalls of Pressure in Promoting Product Use: Evidence from a Sales Experiment in India” (with Camille Boudot) (submitted) (pdf)

Current Projects

“The Moral Hazard of Lifesaving Innovations: Naloxone Access, Opioid Abuse, and Crime” (with Jennifer Doleac) (draft coming soon)

“Returns to Wealth in Disability-Free Life Expectancy” (draft coming soon)

"Time and Money: Social Security Income and Transfers with Children" (draft coming soon)

“Simulating Portfolios of Agricultural Households” (with Shawn Cole and Jeremy Tobacman)


IFMR Lead, Institute for Research on Poverty, Center for Financial Security, University of Wisconsin Law School, Center for South Asia,