I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Graduate Program Director for the MSc Economics Program. I am a research affiliate at the Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA), International Growth Center (IGC) and a Research Fellow at the Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre (MHRC). I am a Fulbright Scholar with a master’s and Ph.D. from Florida State University. My research areas include Applied Economics, Empirical Macroeconomics and Microfinance.

I have been working in the area of Microfinance since 2012. I have won several research grants to explore and empirically test risk-sharing products. I am currently implementing three randomized control trials (RCT) of an equity-based finance product in collaboration with researchers from the University of Oxford and microfinance institutional partners, such as Ahkuwat and NRSP. These projects are funded by J-PAL, IPA and IGC.

I have done research and consulting assignments for international agencies (IGC, DFID, World Bank, Global Fund to End Slavery), MNCs (Coca-Cola, PTC-BAT), Banks (Barclays), and governments (Punjab Government). I have also conducted various quantitative research in multiple areas ranging from Trade and Industry, Health, Education, and public finance to Microfinance. In addition, I have completed several impact evaluations of different government programs.

My academic research has been published in acclaimed journals such as The American Economic Review, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Economics Modelling, and Journal of Economics and Finance.