Research Interests

Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Public Economics


University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

Ph.D., Economics, May 2012
  • Dissertation: Water Rights and Agricultural Productivity: Evidence from India
  • Committee: Dr. Aimee Chin (Advisor), Dr. Scott Imberman, Dr. Dietrich Vollrath
M.A., Economics, May 2009
B.Sc. summa cum laude, Economics, May 2007

Professional Appointments

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - August 2012 - present


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Econ 201: Principles of Microeconomics (undergraduate): Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015 (upcoming)
Econ 245: Business Statistics (undergraduate)
: Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Econ 356: Public Finance (undergraduate) : Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015 (upcoming)
Econ 360: Growth and Development (undergraduate): Spring 2015

Working Papers
  1. State Rights over Water and Agricultural Productivity: Evidence from the Krishna Basin (Revise & Resubmit)
  2. Impact of Temporary Work Guarantee Programs on Children's Education : Evidence from the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Act of India (with Abhilasha Singh, Moody Analytics) (Under Review)
  3. Political Reservation for Women and Delivery of Public Works Program (with Nayana Bose, Washington & Lee University) (Under Review)
  4. Women's Inheritance Rights, Household Allocation and Gender Bias (with Nayana Bose, Washington &Lee University)
  5. What is the Return to Attending a Non-Elite Private College? (with Scott Imberman, Michigan State University)

Works in Progress

  1. Improved sanitation and its role in gender equality: Evidence from the Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan (with Nayana Bose & Upasak Das) [Working Title]
  2. Can education stipends delay age at marriage? Evidence from Bangladesh
  3. Impact of NREGA on agriculture and farmers' suicide
  4. Improving access to water through water allocation and NREGA works.


12th Midwest International Economic Development Conference, Madison, WI, April 2015
ASSA Meetings (AIEFS sponsored session), Boston, MA, January, 2015
Southern Economic Association, Atlanta, GA
, November, 2014
Lafayette College, PA, September 2014
The MGNREGA in India: Taking Stock, Looking Ahead, IGIDR, Mumbai, India, March 2014
Southern Economic Association, New Orleans, LA, November 23-25, 2013

Association for Indian Economic and Financial Studies, Mumbai, India, Aug 2-3, 2013
Georgetown Center for Economic Research Biennial Conference, Washington D.C., May 2013
Southern Economic Association, New Orleans, LA, November 16-18, 2012
North American Productivity Workshop, Houston, TX, June 6-9, 2012
Southern Economic Association, Washington D.C., November 19-21, 2011

STATA Texas Empirical Microeconomics Conference, College Station, TX, September 9-10, 2011

Graduate Student Workshop, University of Houston, Fall 2010, Spring 2011

Discussant Activities

Midwest International Economic Development Conference, Madison, WI, April 2015         
        Southern Economic Association, Atlanta, GA, Nov 2014

        Southern Economic Association, Tampa, FL, Nov 2013
        Southern Economic Association, New Orleans, LA, Nov 2012

Conferences Attended

10th Midwest International Economic Development Conference, Madison, WI, April 2013
ASSA, San Diego, January, 2013
Conference on Gender, Health and Economic Development, University of Houston, April 2010

Texas Camp Econometrics, Montgomery, TX, February 2010

Texas Monetary Conference, Houston, TX, April 2009

Texas Camp Econometrics, New Braunfels, TX, January 2009


    Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program
    • Jaime Carreno
    • Alejandra Contreras

       Independent Study

  • Ethan Nelson
  •  Cody Baldus

        ISBM Advising

  • Justin Bindl
  • Mark Pallardy, Morgan Vosters
Professional Affiliations

Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM)
Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)

American Economic Association (AEA)

Southern Economic Association (SEA)

Service Activities

University-Level Service:
  • University International Committee (2013-2015)
    • College of Business and Economics Representative
  • Institute for Water Business (2013-)
  • CoBE Representative: Panel on UWW Outstanding Master's Thesis Award Competition (2014)
College-Level Service:
  • College of Business and Economics Inclusive Excellence Committee (2015)
  • College of Business and Economics International Committee (2012-2015)
    • Chair of the committee (2013-2015)
  • College of Business and Economics Mentoring Program (2013- present) 
  • External Reviewer for Dept. of Finance Faculty Recruitment (2014)
  • College Research Committee (alternate) (2014-2015)
Department-Level Service:
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Economics Department Seminar Series (2013-2014)
    • Co-organizer with Eylem Ersal
  • UW-Whitewater Department of Economics Microeconomics Recruiting Committee (2013-2014)
    • Member
  • Whitewater Economics Society (2013- present )
    • Faculty Advisor (2014-2016)
  • MS Economics Committee (2013- present) 
  • Dept. of Economics Scholarship Committee (2013- present)
Professional Service:
  • Referee : Women and Health

External Advisor:

  •  Paula Arce-Trigatti, Ph.D. (University of Houston)

Awards and Fellowships

Certificate of University Teaching, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Houston, TX, August 2011
Graduate Assistant Tuition Fellowship, Fall 2007 - Spring 2012
Cullen Supplemental Fellowship, Fall 2007 - Spring 2009


Available upon request