Research

I am an applied micro-economist. I work with small and large data-sets to analyze how households and individuals make decisions in the context of developing countries. One branch of my research focuses on health and demographic change in the developing world. Another branch of my research focuses on the impact of poverty-alleviation programs in South Asia. I began my academic journey however, in the area of finance and complex systems.

Peer-Reviewed Published papers:

  1. Does it Pay to Deliver? An Evaluation of India’s Safe Motherhood Program“, with Anusuya Sivaram (Georgetown University), Forthcoming in World Development. 
  2. Can the Poor Be Organized? Evidence from Self-Help Groups in Rural India”, with Raj Desai (Georgetown University and Brookings), World Bank Economic Review, Forthcoming. doi: 10.1093/wber/lht024
  3. Can Producer Associations Make Agriculture Sustainable? Evidence from Female Farmers’ Organizations in India”, with Raj Desai (Georgetown University and Brookings), Journal of Development Studies, 2014, Vol. 50, No. 1: 64—80.
  4. Missing Women and India’s Religious Demography”, with Sriya Iyer (Cambridge University), Journal of South Asian Development, 2013, Vol. 8:301—331.
  5. Maternal and child health in India: What is the role of policy?International Affairs Forum, August 2013.
  6. The Economics of Consanguineous Marriages”, with Sriya Iyer (Cambridge University) and Quy-Toan Do (World Bank), Review of Economics and Statistics, July 2013. Vol. 95, No. 3: 904–918.
  7. Family planning and Women’s and Children’s health: Consequences of an outreach program in Matlab, Bangladesh”, With Paul Schultz (Yale University), Demography, February 2013, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 149-180
  8.  “The Price Dynamics of Commonly Used Trading Strategies”, With J. Doyne Farmer (Santa Fe Institute), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2002, Vol. 49, Issue 2: Pages 149—171.
  9. Financial Markets Can be at Sub-Optimal Equilibria”, with Jeffrey Parker, and M.A. Bedau (Reed College), Computational Economics, 2002, Vol. 19, Issue 1: Pages 5—23.

Book chapters and Conference Proceedings

  1.  Quy Toan Do, Sriya Iyer and Shareen Joshi. ”Consanguinity in South Asia: An Economic Explanation.” In: Marrying in South Asia: Shifting Concepts, Changing Practices in a Globalising World. Ed. Ravinder Kaur and Rajni Palriwala. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2013.
  2. “Scaling up by National NGOs: The Experience of SEWA” with Raj Desai (Georgetown University and Brookings), International Food Policy Research Institute, In: IFPRI 2020 Briefs on Scaling Up for Effective Agricultural and Rural Development.
  3. “Technical Trading May Create a Prisoner’s Dilemma”, With Jeffrey Parker, and M.A. Bedau (Reed College), 1999, Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference in Computational Finance, New York, January 5—11.
  4. “An Explanation of Generic Behavior in an Evolving Financial Market”, with M.A Bedau (Reed College), 1998, In: Proceedings of Complex Systems’ 98: Complexity Between the Ecos: From Ecology to Economics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Book Review:

  1. Shareen Joshi. ”Review for Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence, and Poverty in India, by Akhil Gupta, Durham, NC, Duke University Press, 2012, 384 pp., $26.95 (paperback), ISBN 9780822351108.” South Asian History and Culture 5.1 (2014).
Policy Papers:
  1. Reproductive Health and Economic Development: What Connections Should We Focus On?”, Population Reference Bureau. 
  2. The Social and Economic Returns to Family-Planning”, In: State of the World Population Report, 2012. United Nations Fund for Population Activities, New York.
  3. How effective are family-planning programs at improving the lives of women? Some perspectives from a vast literature”, July 2011, Mimeo, World Bank
Working Papers
  1. Can Producer Associations Make Agriculture Sustainable? Evidence from Female Farmers’ Organizations in India”, with Raj Desai (Georgetown University and Brookings), Brookings, Global Economy and Development, Working Paper No. 47.
  2.  “The Role of NGOs in Rural Poverty Alleviation: Experiences from Gujarat and Rajasthan” with Raj M. Desai (Georgetown University and Brookings) and Reema Nanavati (Self-Employed Women’s Association).
  3. Does it Pay to Deliver? An Evaluation of India’s Safe Motherhood Scheme” With Anusuya Sivaram (Georgetown University), Status: Under Review.
  4. “Negative Externalities of Industrialization: Evidence on Pollution and Child Health in India” With Toan Do (World Bank) and Samuel Stolper (Harvard University), World Bank.
  5. Female-Headed-Households in Rural Bangladesh: Incidence, Determinants and Impact on Children’s Work and Schooling”, 2005, Yale University Economic Growth Center Working Paper No. 894.
  6. The Effect of Household Partition on Children’s Work and Schooling in Rural Bangladesh”, With Nistha Sinha (World Bank).
  7. Family Planning as an Investment in Female Human Capital: Evaluating the Long Term Consequences in Matlab, Bangladesh”, With Paul Schultz (Yale University), Economic Growth Center Working Paper No. 951.
  8.  “Family Planning and Women’s and Children’s Health: Long Term Consequences of an Outreach Program in Matlab, Bangladesh”, with T. Paul Schultz (Yale University), IZA Discussion Paper No. 6551.

 

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