Associate Professor
Associate Professor

Research Interests

  • Development Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Institutional Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Welfare and Poverty

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. Economics Columbia University 2005
  • M.A. Economics Delhi School of Economics 1998
  • B.A.(Hons.) Economics Miranda House, University of Delhi 1996

Academic and Professional Experience

  • Director, HKUST Center for Economic Policy, Dec 2021 - present
  • Member, Standing Panel on Impact Assessment, CGIAR, Jul 2021 - Jun 2024
  • Associate Director, HKUST Center for Economic Policy, Oct 2020 - Nov 2021
  • Associate Director, HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies, July 2020 - Jun 2021


  • Do Women Receive Worse Financial Advice? (with Utpal Bhattacharya, Amit Kumar and Jing Zhao), May 2022, Revision submitted, Journal of Finance.
  • Decentralized Targeting of Agricultural Credit Programs: Private versus Political Intermediaries (with Pushkar Maitra, Sandip Mitra and Dilip Mookherjee), Dec 2021, Revision requested, Journal of European Economic Association.
  • Kin “Taxes”? Examining the Financial Behaviours of Filipina Domestic Workers in Hong Kong, (with Alvis Tsz Yeung Tang), Jan 2022.

  • Clientelism and Ideology: Explaining the Rise of Hindu Nationalist Politics in an Erstwhile Communist Stronghold (with Pushkar Maitra, Sandip Mitra and Dilip Mookherjee).
  • The Effect of On-campus Student Accommodation on Academic and Non-academic Outcomes: A Regression Discontinuity Approach (with Xuanyi Jin, Amit Kumar, Kevin Kim-Pong Tam and Chen Xiang).
  • An Empirical Examination of Votebuying in a Developing Economy (with Farzana Afridi, Shabana Mitra and Dilip Mookherjee).
  • Borrowing in Functional v. Dysfunctional Families: How Migrant Domestic Workers Manage their Finances (with Utpal Bhattacharya).
  • Air Pollution and Crime: Evidence from Bihar, India (with Tejendra Pratap Singh).
  • Market Structure and Middlemen Margins in Potato Markets in West Bengal: Evidence from Trader Surveys (with coauthors).
  • Assessing the Relative Importance of Information and Credit Constraints: An Empirical Study of Agricultural Sales (with coauthors).



  • Writing as an Economist (co-taught with Center for Language Education), Undergraduate level.
    (ECON 4999W Summer 2021-22; ECON 3700 Spring 2022-23).
  • Topics in Economic Development (ECON 5420), Masters level.
  • Labour Economics & Human Resources (ECON 4234), Undergraduate level.
  • Economic Development & Growth (ECON 4434), Undergraduate level.