I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University. Previously, I worked at the Population Studies Center at University of Pennsylvania as Postdoctoral Research Scholar on "Saving Brains", a Grand Challenges Canada project to study causal impact of health and nutrition during first 1000 days of life on later life cognition, health and well being. Earlier, I completed my PhD in the Economics Department at the University of California, Riverside (2013), and a dual M.A. in Economics and B.A. in Economics and Mathematics, from Washington University in St. Louis (2008).
One of my papers, forthcoming in the Journal of Development Economics, utilized the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a period of religious fasting, as a natural experiment to identify the persistent effects of in utero nutrition on several stages of the life cycle with an emphasis on skill accumulation and labor market outcomes in Indonesia. This work was supported by the Hewlett Foundation/IIE Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health and Development (2011-2013). In my job market paper, I take a fresh look at the economics of conflict literature, by studying how wars could destroy the stock of human capital, apart from investments in children of schooling going age which are usually studied in the literature, and how these changes impact labor markets post-conflict. I have presented at and have been invited to numerous seminars and conferences, refereed for top peer-reviewed journals, and been selected/admitted as an affiliate/fellow in multiple academic initiatives.