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Assistant Professor, Columbia Business School
Division of Finance and Economics, July 2012-Present


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2012 PhD, Economics
DISSERTATION: “Essays on Microfinance and Strategic Social Effects”
COMMITTEE: Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee, and Sendhil Mullainathan

Yale University, 2005
B.A. cum laude Economics and Mathematics, French


Development Economics, Corporate Finance, Household Finance, Social Networks


Analyst, Goldman Sachs, New York, NY and London, UK
Investment Strategy Group, Private Wealth Management, 2005-2007


NSF Grant “Making the Dynamics of Social Learning Visible” (with Abhijit Banerjee, Arun Chandrasekhar, and Markus Mobius) 2013
Citi-IPA Financial Capability Fund Research Preparation Grant 2013
Eugene Lang Fund Research Grant 2012
CIBER Research Grant 2012
Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI) Pilot Grant 2012
Consortium on Financial Systems and Poverty (CFSP) Seed Grant 2011
Innovations for Poverty Action Graduate Student Fund Award 2011
Russell Sage Foundation Small Grant in Behavioral Economics 2011
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2007-2011
Russell Sage Foundation Summer Institute in Behavioral Economics 2010
George and Obie Shultz Fund Grants 2009-2011
MIT Department of Economics, Supplemental Fellowship 2007-2009
MIT Presidential Fellowship 2007-2008
MIT Department of Economics, Faculty Fellowship (Prof. Banerjee) 2007-2008
Phi Beta Kappa, Yale College 2005
Yale College, Charles Dickerman Prize (best economics thesis) 2005
Yale College, William M. Massee Prize in Economics 2005
Yale College, Deforest Senior Prize in Mathematics 2005
Yale College, Highest Distinction in the Math and Economics Major 2005


Invited Seminars:

2013: Rochester Simon GSB, London Business School Summer Finance Symposium, Midwest Finance Association Conference, Stockholm School of Economics SITE Conference, European Conference on Household Finance Einaudi Institute, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Northeast Univ. Development Consortium (NEUDC) Harvard, NBER Corporate Finance November Meeting

2012: WUSTL Olin, Northwestern Kellogg, Columbia Business School, Notre Dame Economics, Duke Economics and Duke Fuqua, Harvard Business School, Tufts Economics, Stanford GSB, Yale SOM, USC Marshall, Harvard Business School, NEUDC Dartmouth

2011: Symposium on Econ. Experiments in Developing Countries (SEEDEC) UC Berkeley, NEUDC Yale

2010: NEUDC MIT, American Economic Assn. Annual Meeting Atlanta

Other Professional and Outside Activites:

Microsoft Research New England, Consulting Researcher, April 2013

Faculty Affiliate, Center for Development Economics and Policy, SIPA, Columbia University, 2013 - present

Chazen Senior Scholar, Columbia Business School, 2013 - present


American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Finance , Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Review of Financial Studies


“Peer Effects and Loan Repayment: Evidence from the Krishna Default Crisis” Submitted

“Savings Monitors” (with Arun Chandrasekhar)

Mobilizing Investment Through Social Networks: Evidence from a Lab Experiment in the Field" (with Arun Chandrasekhar and Horacio Larreguy), Submitted

Come Play with Me: Experimental Evidence of Information Diffusion about Rival Goods” (with Abhijit Banerjee, Arun Chandrasekhar, and Matthew O. Jackson)

Skimming Off the Top: The Unintended Consequences of Market Expansion in the Indian Dairy Industry” (with Arun Chandrasekhar and Ashish Shenoy)


The Macroeconomic Impacts of a Microfinance Liquidity Crisis” (with Cynthia Kinnan)

Windfall or Downfall: Time Inconsistent Behavior in the Absence of Microfinance” (with Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Prathap Kasina, and Cynthia Kinnan)

Making the Dynamics of Social Learning Visible” (with Abhijit Banerjee, Arun Chandrasekhar, and Markus Mobius) NSF Grant Recipient

The Real Effects of Electronic Wage Payments: A Field Experiment with Salaried Factory Workers in Bangladesh” (with Martin Kanz and Leora Klapper)

A Diamond in the Rough: Rehabilitating Defaulters in Colombia” (with Andres Liberman and Daniel Wolfenzon)

Financing Dynamic Incentives” (with Anil Jain)

Got (Good) Milk? Information, Enforcement and Social Networks in Indian Dairy Co-ops” (with Arun Chandrasekhar, Manaswini Rao and Ashish Shenoy


Corporate Finance (MBA, Columbia Business School), Instructor 2012
Evaluating Social Programs (Jameel Poverty Action Lab Executive Education), Lecturer 2012
Intermediate Microeconomics (undergraduate, MIT Course 14.03), Teaching Assistant to Professor Stephen Ryan 2012,2010
Research & Communication in Econ. (undergraduate, MIT Course 14.33), Teaching Assistant to Professor Sara Ellison 2012
Research & Communication in Econ. (undergraduate, MIT Course 14.33), Teaching Assistant to Professor Michael Greenstone 2010
Evaluating Social Programs (Jameel Poverty Action Lab Executive Education), Teaching Assistant 2010