Graduate Students

Our graduates are well trained in data analysis, micro- and macroeconomic theory, econometrics (both theoretical and applied) as well as fields of specialization of their choice.

Our graduates are highly competent users of Economics and have been successful in a variety of fields from completing a PhD to applied policy work at international organizations to working in an investment bank.

If you are interested in one of our current students please do not hesitate to contact them. You may also contact us to set up a recruitment event.

Soha Ahmed's picture Soha Ahmed

Interests: Development, Trade, Monetary Policy, Labor Migration, Gender & Economics,

Experience: RA for Kimberly Clausing; Research intern at Mercy Corps, RA for Todd Pugatch, Tutor for intro economics + econometrics at Reed College

Skills: Beginner Stata, R, Proficient Spanish, Conversational Urdu

Svankita Arora's picture Svankita Arora

Interests: Development, gender, political economy

Experience: Training consultant at SEWA Bharat, New Delhi

Skills: BA Economics, STATA, SurveyCTO

Manvi Beniwal's picture Manvi Beniwal

Interests: Financial Economics, Development Economics

Experience: Internship at WTO

Skills: B.A. Economics & Statistics

Nicole Cao's picture Nicole Cao

Interests: Development, International Labor Economics, Environment, Gender, Race, and Inequality

Aditi Chaudhary's picture Aditi Chaudhary

Interests: Environmental Economics and Energy Markets, International Trade and Finance, Development Economics

- Research assistant to Professor Nicholas Ryan and Professor Prabhat Barnwal
- Policy research Intern at NITI Aayog (Government of India)
- Research Intern at Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW), New Delhi

-M.A. International and Development Economics from Yale University
- B.A. (Hons.) Economics from Hansraj College, University of Delhi, India

- R
- Python
- MS Excel

Xi Chen's picture Xi Chen


  • M.A. IDE - Yale University
  • B.S. (Highest Honors) Managerial Economics - University of California, Davis

Professional Experience:

  • Intern at Nio Capital
  • Intern at Sailing Capital
  • Summer Analyst at Gobi Partners
  • Research Analyst at The Forever Nature Capital Foundation


  • Python, C/C++, MATLAB, R, Stata, LaTeX
Ruoyu Chen's picture Ruoyu Chen
Shang Rong Chia
Pushyami Chilakapati
Chloe Chong's picture Chloe Chong
Valerie Chuang
Harriet Cross's picture Harriet Cross
Karan Daryanani Daryanani's picture Karan Daryanani Daryanani

Interests: Innovation and Industrial Organisation, Complex systems, Environmental Economics and Policy.

Professional Experience: Managing multi-stakeholder partnerships and program design (Fashion for Good), Venture building (Yunus Social Business), and leading community interventions (Rethinking Economics).

Skills: R, STATA, Python, SPSS, E-Views, Microsoft Office and Excel.

Nadeem Demian's picture Nadeem Demian

Education: Yale University M.A. IDE (2020-2022), Yale School of the Environment M.S. Environmental Management (2020-2022), Princeton Unviersity B.A. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2015-2019)

Professional Experience: Studying the ecology of agricultural systems in rural Kenya (Mpala Research Centre), working on local conservation projects in New Jersey (D&R Greenway Land Trust), and facilitating a number of environmental justice initiatives (D&R Greenway Land Trust, Heartwood Podcast)

Interests: Climate finance, sustainable development, agricultural development, and mitigation banking.

Skills: R, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office 

Shubhangi Gokhroo

Interests: Development economics (poverty and gender)

Experience: Research Intern at J-PAL, Centre for Policy Research, Social and Political Research Foundation and IIM - Ahmedabad

Skills: Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi (IN)

Elle Hughes's picture Elle Hughes

Interests: Monetary and fiscal policy governance and interactions; intergenerational, behavioral, and environmental economic analysis and policy implications.

Experience: Macroeconomics and Fiscal Policy at the New Zealand Treasury (2018-2021), with a focus on aligning institutional systems’ design with long-term objectives. Broad experience leading complex policy processes across teams and agencies, providing verbal and written briefings and analysis, and directly supporting senior leadership, including the Treasury Secretary.

Education: BA Economics, Politics and International Relations from the University of Melbourne (2017), with first class honors.

Darshna Jadhav's picture Darshna Jadhav

Interests: Public Policy, Migration and Climate Change, Development Economics

Experience: Worked at IIT, Mumbai as a research assistant. Co-authored a research paper on, ‘Projection of Sea Level Rise by the year 2100 at the Indian Coastline and its implication’

Skills: B.A. in Economics, R, STATA, ArcGIS, QGIS and LaTeX

Shruti Jha's picture Shruti Jha

Interests: Development, gender, environmental and climate change economics

Experience: Office of Ms. Mitali Nikore, Economist (Feb ‘21 to Aug ‘21) - Research Advisor (Jul - Aug ‘21); Senior Research Assistant (Jun - Jul ‘21), Research Assistant (Feb - Jun ‘21); KPMG Global Services (Jun ‘17 - Apr ’ 20) - Business Associate (Oct ‘19 - Apr ‘20), Analyst (Jun ‘17 - Oct ‘19)

Skills: B.A. (Honours) in Business Economics, Gargi College, University of Delhi (2017), SPSS Statistics, SAS software, Advanced Excel

Lu Jin's picture Lu Jin

Interests: Consulting, International Development, Political Economy, Psychology, Behavioral Economics

Experience: BA Economics from Boston College
Management Consulting Intern- Roland Berger; Wealth Management Intern- Baoneng China

Skills: Excel, R, Stata, Word, PowerPoint, Chinese, English, Japanese,

Manushi Kumar's picture Manushi Kumar

Education Policy, Labor Economics, Health, Climate Change, Gender, and Behavioral Economics

Research Analyst: Health, Areté Advisors (June 2019- Dec 2020)
Research Intern: Lok Sabha, Parliament of India
Research Intern: Digital Microlending: Mahindra Comviva

Research, STATA, R, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, French (Working Proficiency), Classical Music, Dancing

Aishwarya Kuruttukulam's picture Aishwarya Kuruttukulam

Interests: Development Finance, Impact Investing, Development Consulting, Policy, Data, Climate Change, Gender

Experience: Development, Public Sector Consulting, Venture Capital-Impact Responsible Investing

Skills: Data Analysis for Social Scientists (R), designing and running randomized control trials

Manasi Kutwal's picture Manasi Kutwal

Interests: Policy Analysis, South Asian Development, Rural Development

Manojna Lanka
Marah Mohamed's picture Marah Mohamed

Interests: Economic growth and development, Poverty, Governance and institutions

Experience: 4 years of experience as a research analyst at D3: Designs, Data, Decisions, implementing and managing quantitative and qualitative national research projects in 10 countries in the Middle East and North Africa region for various clients, including Facebook, the Pew Research center, and the U.S. State Department

Skills: International project management, Research & data analysis, Proficient Arabic, SPSS, Stata

Sanjana Muthukrishnan's picture Sanjana Muthukrishnan


  • Labor
  • Health
  • Poverty
  • Gender


  • Research Assistant to Professor Costas Arkolakis, Joseph Altonji and John Eric Humphries
  • Policy Intern at J-PAL
  • Research Intern at Invest India, Centre for Civil Society, Confederation of Indian Industry


  • BA Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, India
  • Data and Policy Summer Scholar, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago


  • Stata
  • R
  • Python
  • LaTeX
  • QGIS
Anjana Nair's picture Anjana Nair

Interests: International Trade, Political Economy

Experience: Research Assistant at LSU Economics and Policy Research Group

Romil Pandey
Meng Qiao's picture Meng Qiao

Interests: Labor Economics, Cultural Economics, Interdisciplinary Studies of Economics, Psychology & Sociology

Experience: China Life Company Credit Appraisal Internship, Head of Dance Troupe in LHR, RUC

Skills: Research, Photography, Dancing

Aishwarya Rai's picture Aishwarya Rai

Interests: Humanitarian Crisis Response, Post-Conflict Development, Infrastructure Development, Capacity-Building

Professional Experience:
- Risk and Child Safeguarding Intern, Education Cannot Wait
- Transfer Pricing Analyst, EY
- Economic Affairs Intern for Landlocked Developing Countries, UN OHRLLS

B.S.B.A, Economics

Water Rights and Access in Palestine, Schell Center for Human Rights, Yale Law School

Manasi Rao's picture Manasi Rao

Interests:  Political Economy of Development

Experience: two years of research assistantships: one year of fieldwork, one year of datawork

Skills: Stata, R, ArcGIS, QGIS, Research

Shereein Saraf's picture Shereein Saraf

Interests:  Development Economics, Labor Economics, Gender, Social Norms, Rural-Urban Models


  • Teaching Fellow for ECON 326: Fundamentals of Economics Development
  • Jr. Research Consultant at U.N. Capital Development Fund
  • Advocacy Intern at Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • BA (Hons.) Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce
  • Skills: Microsoft Office, R, Stata, Overleaf (LaTeX), Zotero, Adobe Photoshop

    Vaishnavi Sinha
    Vanessa Siy Van's picture Vanessa Siy Van

    Interests: Health policy, Development economics, and Multidisciplinary-multisectoral policy reserach,  Systems research particularly in low-and-middle-income countries

    Experience: Research specialist and consultant for the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, the Philippine government’s primary socioeconomic policy thinktank. Part of the team that conducted the first comprehensive rreview of the Philippines’ national reproductive health law and a review of the impact of  the COVID-19 pandemic on hispital services utilization in the Philippines. Research specialist for the Ateneo de Manila University conducting health policy and economic research on childhood nutrition, school feeding programs, and multisectoral policies in decentralized government settings wtih a multidisciplinary lab. Lecturer for the university’s Health Sciences Program.

    Skills: I graduated Class Valedictorian from the Ateneo de Manila University with two degrees (BS Health Sciencesand AB Economics) in 2018. or the last 4 years, I have immersed myself in public policy research using skills from both public health and economics. I have experience in academic as well as government research, with a focus on policy in low-and-middle-income countries like the Philippines. As my professional work includes communiccating policy reserach to non-specialists, I have also developed skills in public speaking to an array of audiences, ranging from elected officials, career bureaucrats, community stakeholders, researchers, to students. While employing a variety of policy analysis methods for my work, I write and prepare manuscripts for publication.

    Lakshimi Swaminathan's picture Lakshimi Swaminathan

    Interests: Political Economy, Development in Africa & Asia, Labour Economics, International Affairs, Geopolitics, Policymaking, Econometrics

    Experience: Interned at the Center for African Studies at University of Mumbai (June - August 2021) - Researched change in the perspective of Indian soft-power in Africa after the advent of Narendra Modi; Interned at Nation for NAMO (May - June 2020) - Co-contributed to a comprehensive framework of ranking Indian states on the indicators “Inclusive Development” & “Employment & Skill Development”

    Skills: B.A (Hons) Economics, Working knowledge of R,  DELF A2 in French, Completed the Data & Policy Summer Scholars Program at University of Chicago

    Andre Tng's picture Andre Tng

    Interests: Urban development, housing and city infrastructure planning, global affairs, tech

    Experience: COVID-19 emergency infrastructure and quarantine housing policy

    Skills: BSc Economics, London School of Economics

    Simeng Wang's picture Simeng Wang

    Interests: Economic consulting, non-profit, NGO, International Development, think-tanks, and financial services

    Experience: International Political Economy & Asian Investment Spring Intern at American Enterprise Institute; PTA at McKinsey & Co.; Industry Research Intern at G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance; Research Intern at Public Democracy; Summer Intern at Eleison Group

    Skills: R, Excel, Tableau, Python (Pandas), Stata, Word, PowerPoint, Squarespace, HubSpot, Canva, CFA Level (May 2021), Chinese, English

    Aijing Wu's picture Aijing Wu

    Interests: Development economics, sustainable development, inequality

    Experience: B.A. in Economics and B.A. in Sociology (minor) from Renmin University of China. Internship at M&E Team of UNDP China, International Economics and Finance Institute, Chief Economist Team of KPMG China. RA at National Academy of Development and Strategy of RUC, Institute on Poverty Research of PKU, Institute of New Structural Economics of PKU

    Skills: STATA, R

    Tianyi Zhou's picture Tianyi Zhou

    Interests: Development economics, public economics, early childhood development

    Experience: Junior Associate - New York Center for Foreign Policy Affairs; Strategy Consulting INtern - Bain & Company

    Skills: R, Stata, Java, Python, SPSS