Research Statement



Lives vs. Livelihoods: The Impact of the Great Recession on Mortality and Welfare
(with Amy Finkelstein, Matthew J. Notowidigdo, and Jonathan Zhang)
February 2024, revise and resubmit, Quarterly Journal of Economics
NBER Working Paper

The Long-Run Effects of Psychotherapy on Depression, Beliefs, and Economic Outcomes
(with Bhargav Bhat, Jonathan de Quidt, Johannes Haushofer, Vikram Patel, Gautam Rao, and Pierre-Luc Vautrey)
January 2023
NBER Working Paper

Not Learning from Others
(with John J. Conlon, Malavika Mani, Gautam Rao, and Matthew Ridley)
October 2022, revise and resubmit (second round), Econometrica
NBER Working Paper  Experimental scripts  Pre-registration  Slides

Learning in the Household
(with John J. Conlon, Malavika Mani, Gautam Rao, and Matthew Ridley)
October 2022
NBER Working Paper  Slides

Blue Spoons: Sparking Communication about Appropriate Technology Use
(with Arun G. ChandrasekharEsther Duflo, Michael Kremer, João Pugliese, and Jonathan Robinson)
August 2022
NBER Working Paper


Effects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cash Transfers on Older Persons Living Alone in India: A Randomized Trial
(with Madeline McKelway, Abhijit Banerjee, Erin Grela, Miriam Sequeira, Garima Sharma, Girija Vaidyanathan, and Esther Duflo)
May 2023, Annals of Internal Medicine

Depression and Loneliness Among the Elderly in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
(with Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Erin Grela, Madeline McKelway, Garima Sharma, and Girija Vaidyanathan)
May 2023, Journal of Economic Perspectives
Online Appendix Data and code NBER Working Paper

Do Financial Concerns Make Workers Less Productive?
(with Supreet Kaur, Sendhil Mullainathan, and Suanna Oh)
May 2022, conditionally accepted, Quarterly Journal of Economics
VoxDev (Kaur)  NPR Planet Money  Sloan News  NBER Working Paper  Econimate Video Presentation Video

Informing Sleep Policy Through Field Experiments (pdf)
(with Gautam Rao, Susan Redline, Heather Schofield, and Mattie Toma)
This is a peer-reviewed policy forum article in Science
October 2021, Science

The Economic Consequences of Increasing Sleep among the Urban Poor (pdf)
(with Pedro Bessone, Gautam Rao, Heather Schofield, and Mattie Toma)
August 2021, Quarterly Journal of Economics
VoxDev  Econimate Video  Freakonomics Radio  MIT News  NBER Digest
NBER Working Paper  Working paper (with appendix)   
Data, code, and surveys  Pre-registration

Poverty, Depression, and Anxiety: Causal Evidence and Mechanisms (pdf)
(with Matthew Ridley, Gautam Rao, and Vikram Patel)
December 2020, Science
Appendix  Data and code Correction to 2020 version NBER Working Paper
AAAS Video  AAAS Story  VoxDev (Patel)  World Economic Forum

Realizing the Potential of Digital Development: The Case of Agriculture (pdf)
(with Raissa Fabregas and Michael Kremer)
December 2019, Science

Alcohol and Self-Control: A Field Experiment in India
April 2019, American Economic Review
Online Appendix  Data and code  VoxDev  MIT News

Behavioral Development Economics
(with Michael Kremer and Gautam Rao)
January 2019, Handbook of Behavioral Economics, Volume 2
Slides (pdf)  Slides (bib and tex files)  Slides (ppt)
VoxDev (Kremer & Rao)

Poverty and Cognitive Function
(with Emma Boswell Dean and Heather Schofield)
December 2018, in The Economics of Asset Accumulation and Poverty Traps

The Psychological Lives of the Poor
(with Heather Schofield and Sendhil Mullainathan)
May 2016, American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings
Online Appendix