I am a David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow in the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies at the Harvard School of Public Health. My research is primarily on aging in developing countries and is motivated by two questions: why do individuals in some populations live shorter and unhealthier lives than individuals in others and why don’t individuals engage in low-cost behaviors with large health returns?
My current work in these areas is focused on estimating the effects of preventive health behaviors (such as blood pressure treatment) on life course trajectories of well-being and mortality and understanding the role of behavioral biases on the decision to engage in positive health behaviors. I also study the size and underlying causes of social inequalities in aging and longevity. My work is primarily focused on Indonesia and India but I am also involved in work on Malawi and the United States.
I hold a PhD in Demography and an MA in Statistics from the University of Pennsylvania, an MPH in Global Health from Emory University, and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. I am also a Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, an affiliate of the Behavioral Economics Lab Chennai, and a Research Affiliate in Population and Health at the Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health in Maharashtra, India.