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 research broadly explores the life course determinants of adult health, human capital, and socioeconomic outcomes. My specific areas of interest are: (1) the origins of health and socioeconomic inequality and (2) behavioral responses to, and the economic consequences of, HIV prevention and treatment programs. I use insights and methods from economics, demography, and clinical medicine 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.