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Welcome to my website. I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow with a joint appointment in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and with ICRISAT in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. My core research focuses on applying the theories of industrial organization to environmental resource management issues in an international development context. My particular emphasis is on relational contracting in agricultural production.

My core research focus encompasses four primary research areas in applied microeconomics:

  • Collective action problems and the management of common pool resources
  • Empirical contract theory and the role of governance and institutions
  • Climate change, food security, and policy impact evaluation
  • Household behavior under production risk and environmental uncertainty

In my research, I develop theoretical models to generate hypotheses which I then test using household data. My methodological emphasis is on applied microeconometrics, including Bayesian and spatial econometrics.

My job market paper, "The effects of governance on relational and formal contracts: Theory and evidence from groundwater irrigation markets," examines the role that institutions play in influencing the types of contracts that households adopt. I expand on existing contracting models and derive empirical tests based on comparative statics. Using a novel data set on contracts from Bangladesh, I find that households adopt formal contracts when the punishment for violation of those contracts is severe and rely on relational contracts when punishment is lax. The paper highlights the need to consider the strength of these governance institutions when drafting environmental policies. In future research, I will explore how the theoretical insights from industrial organization can influence the optimal design of environmental policy in international development.