Research Program/Bio

I am currently a resident physician and health economist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. My research broadly explores the life course determinants of adult health, human capital, and socioeconomic outcomes. My specific areas of interest are: (1) the effects of early life health and health interventions on long-run health and economic outcomes, and (2) the relationship between economic vulnerability and HIV-related risk behaviors, particularly in the context of HIV prevention and treatment programs. I use insights from economic theory and methods from applied microeconomics to answer questions in these content areas. I recently served as part of Team 1000+, a multi-university consortium (funded by Grand Challenges Canada) examining the relationship between poverty-related risk factors early in life on cognitive development and human capital accumulation in adulthood. 

My present work focuses on projects in Mexico, South Africa, Uganda, and the United States. E-mail me (avenkataramani [at] partners [dot] org) if you are interested in collaborating.