My research focuses on two core areas. In the first research area, I work to understand how children form beliefs about their own ability, and how this affects their human capital development. In this work, I try to pair theoretical models of the formation of beliefs with causal empirical analysis to show how early exposure to erroneous messages such as gender bias can reduce human capital investment and harm individuals’ later life outcomes. In the second research area, I work to identify, evaluate, and study the scalability of potentially high-leverage policy options to raise learning levels in the developing world. This work draws on insights from fieldwork and experience as a development practitioner in China, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and India.
PhD and AM, Economics, Brown University
MSc, Development Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science
BA, Economics and East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University, Bloomington