Mailing Address: 
Centre for Economic Performance
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Contact Information:

Phone (Office): +44 (0)20 7955 7801
Phone (Mobile): +44 (0)75 4587 1723

I have just completed my PhD at the London School of Economics and will be joining the Department of Economics at the University of Virginia this summer. My research focusses on the intersection of Environmental and Development Economics with topics in Labour, Productivity, and Trade.

Research Interests: 

  • Environmental Economics, 
  • Growth and Development, 
  • Labour Economics, 
  • Productivity and Innovation, 
  • Trade,
  • Public Policy.
  • Winner of the FEEM Award 2013 (Young Economist Prize awarded by the European Economic Association).

Job Market Paper:
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Abstract: To what degree can the movement of workers across sectors mitigate the economic consequences of weather-driven agricultural productivity shocks? Combining worker-level, firm-level and district-level data with high-resolution meteorological data, I examine the effects of weather on economic activity in India. I estimate that increases in temperature are associated with a reduction in agricultural production, but that prices do not respond, consistent with a "law of one price". Consequently, I find that workers are able to manage reductions in agricultural labour demand by moving into the manufacturing sector, highlighting the importance of market integration and diversification. Having established this, I examine the effects of labour reallocation on economic outcomes in the formal manufacturing sector. I find that workers move into casual manufacturing activities, with a corresponding decrease in the average wage of casual workers, suggesting that workers face little impediment in the movement across sectors within casual tasks. More surprisingly, this reallocation also results in (a) an increase in manufacturing productivity, (b) the average wage of permanent manufacturing workers, and (c) an increase in the number of items that the firm produces -- a restructuring of production. Counterfactual estimates suggest that the reallocation of labour across sectors could significantly offset the economic losses of weather-driven agricultural productivity shocks.

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(FEEM Award Winner 2013) 

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