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Hi! I am an Associate Professor at the Oslo Business School, Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet). My research focuses on development economics. Prior to joining OsloMet, I obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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How Do Droughts Impact Household Food Consumption and Nutritional Intake? A Study of Rural India. World Development. 2019 [working paper version]

The ABCs of Financial Literacy: Experimental Evidence on Attitudes, Behavior, and Cognitive Biases, Management Science (with Shawn Cole, Jeremy Shapiro, and Bilal Zia). 2017 [working paper version]

A subset of the analysis in this paper was previously circulated as Unpacking the Causal Chain of Financial Literacy, World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5798. 2011.

Liability Structure in Small-scale Finance: Evidence from a Natural ExperimentWorld Bank Economic Review (with Shawn Cole, Jeremy Shapiro, and Bilal Zia). 2013 [working paper version]

“Microfinance for Entrepreneurs,” in The Oxford Handbook of Entrepreneurial Finance (with Miriam Bruhn and Bilal Zia). 2012 [working paper version]


Working Papers

Age of Marriage and Women’s Political Engagement: Evidence from India (with Francesca R. Jensenius). 2019, reject and resubmit, Journal of Politics.

Harnessing the Private Sector for Agricultural Technology Adoption: A Case Study of Agro-dealers in Chotila, India. 2019.

The Causal Mechanism of Financial Education: Evidence from Mediation Analysis (with Bilal Zia). 2018, revise and resubmit, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

The Adverse Effects of Electrification: Evidence from India. 2017.



Customs Capacity Building for WCO Members: 2012-2015, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Report No. 2018-1 (with Roman Vakulchuk). 2018.

Revealing Demand for Pro-Poor Innovations, USAID White Paper (with Guillaume Kroll, Ishita Ghosh, Emmanuel Letouze, Javier Rosa, and Prithi Trivedi). 2014.