Research Program/Bio

I am a health economist and primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. I am also affiliated with the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Institute (SALDRU) at University of Cape Town and the Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MISOC) at the University of Essex. 

My main interest lies in understanding life-course origins of health and socioeconomic inequality. I use insights and methods from economics, demography, and medicine to elucidate how experiences in early childhood and early adulthood influence long(er) run health and economic outcomes. I am particularly interested in how public policies and other interventions shape health behaviors, human capital accumulation, and well-being over the life cycle, and the interplay between these factors and human biology.  I also conduct research on the economics of HIV prevention and treatment and various topics in U.S. health policy. 

I am currently working on projects in the United States, Mexico, South Africa, Uganda. E-mail me (avenkataramani [at] partners [dot] org) if you are interested in collaborating!