Trained as an economist and a lawyer, I am presently a professor at the University of Chicago, the Faculty Director of the International Innovation Corps, and the global head of Research, Strategy and Partnerships at Perlin.
I conduct research and teach courses on economic development, law and economics, health economics and policy, US law generally, and statistical methods. I am a principal-investigator on the India Health Insurance Experiment, a 55,000 subject randomized control trial in Karnataka, India, that examines the benefits and costs of expanding India's largest public health insurance program, RSBY, to cover non-poor populations. I am also the principal investigator on large, randomized evaluations of a water tank rehabilitation project (Mission Kakathiya) in Telangana, India and a wage insurance insurance product offered by the Self-Employed Womens' Cooperative in Gujarat, India.
I am the Co-founder and Faculty Director of the International Innovation Corps (IIC), a large social-service and social impact consulting program that trains and sends teams of young professionals to help manage and implement important development projects in India.
I am also the Global Lead for Research, Strategy and Partnerships at Perlin, a distributed computing company offering software that allows owners of smartphones and computers to sell unused CPU or GPU cycles on the cloud.
I was also the founding Faculty Director of the Tata Centre for Development at UChicago.