Hello, and welcome to my site.
I am an ~unofficial~ and aspiring economist with a B.A. in Economics from Middlebury College. My research interests focus on development economics, and applied microeconomics more generally. I am particularly interested in the intersections of health, poverty, and geography in developing countries in Africa and India.
I am currently working as a research associate with Professors Paul Niehaus and Karthik Muralidharan at UCSD, splitting my time between data analysis for the JPAL’s Payments and Governance Research Program and helping Prof. Muralidharan write a book on improving service delivery in India. I just finished 1.5 years with IDinsight based in Nairobi, Kenya.
I fell in love with research while writing my economic thesis on democracy and health in sub-Saharan Africa. My work at IDinsight sparked further questions I’d like to investigate at a more sophisticated level, with my own research. For example, what healthcare supply chain challenges exist, and what are the most effective solutions in the East African context? What are the preferences of the average international development program beneficiary, and how do they differ from typical assumptions? Why do they differ?
I plan on starting a PhD in economics in 1-2 years to become an ~official~ economist. In the meantime, I am learning a lot about economic analysis, India, and the “research production function” and using my Unofficial Economist blog to explore economics and maintain proof of life for my parents and grandparents.
My hometown is Carrboro, North Carolina – a little hippy town attached to Chapel Hill. I was born in Toronto, Canada (dual citizen!), went to college in Vermont, studied abroad in Delhi, interned in Rwanda, and have worked in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Liberia, and now San Diego, CA in the past year.