Principal investigator, leader
Daniel Bennett is an economist at the Center for Economic and Social Research at the University of Southern California. He studies economic development and global health in Africa and South Asia. Much of Dr. Bennett’s work examines the way that information affects individual health care decisions and the operation of health care markets. He also focuses on the influence of mental health on productivity and economic decision-making. Dr. Bennett’s work involves primary data collection and uses both experimental and quasi-experimental methods. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 from Brown University and spent eight years on the faculty at the University of Chicago.
Manuela Angelucci is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan. She completed her PhD at University College London in 2005. Her main field is development economics.
Shannon’s research utilizes experimental and quasi-experimental methods to identify causal mechanisms that reduce health disparities and promote equity in economic outcomes for women and children. She has worked on a number of research and evaluation projects in the U.S. and abroad. Her previous work includes designing and implementing evaluation plans for public-private partnerships in education, conducting a needs assessment to prioritize spending on children’s health and well-being, reviewing the internal evaluation efforts of a large NGO and several impact evaluations of initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of families in India. Her interests include health care quality and delivery of health services to women and children, youth development and well-being, and the intersection of mental health, economic mobility and empowerment. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles and a PhD in Policy Analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Project Manager at IFMR
Monisha has been with IFMR LEAD for over 4 years where she worked and managed several large scale RCTs and short term studies on Financial Inclusion, Healthcare, Agriculture and Livelihoods. Before joining IFMR, she worked at an Advertising and Consulting Agency in Bangalore as a Project Lead. She managed projects in Education and Healthcare and developed a Sustainability Report for a major corporate. She has a Master’s Degree in Population and Development from the London School of Economics.
Research Associate at IFMR
Alreena works with the Centre for Microfinance at IFMR LEAD as Research Associate on a Mental Health and Productivity Evaluation based in Bangalore. At CMF, she has also been involved in various other RCTs and short-term evaluations for AKRSP (I) and The Banyan. She has field experience in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Chennai, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. Alreena holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai after which she worked as Research Assistant at the Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics on the EU-funded “NO POOR Project” studying the dynamics and dimensions of Indian urban poverty. She has previously interned with ToolBox India Foundation and Save The Children – India.
Mallika works with IFMR Lead as a Research Manager and is based in Bangalore. She has worked previously with Ernst and Young (EY), LLP in their Government practice, with an experience of strategic and transaction advisory and program monitoring for large scale infrastructure projects, ranging from tourism development, economic corridor development and PPP. She completed her Master’s in Public Policy from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS) and holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Pune University. She is also a Young India Fellow, and has worked on research projects with the World Bank, Singapore; NUS and INSEAD, Singapore. Her research interests include industrial and urban infrastructure, governance, social inclusion and migration.
Senior Research Associate
Shruti Korada is a Senior Research Associate with IFMR Lead. At IFMR Lead, she has been working on large scale randomized controlled trials, quasi experimental and non experimental studies across the financial inclusion, gender and livelihoods space.She holds a BA in Economics from Reed College. There she assisted in research on labor supply of urban Chinese women as well as behavioral economics research on the income elasticity of pigeons. She has also studied at United World College-USA, Sciences-Po Lille, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and interned with UNESCO and Mercy Corps. Her research interests include gender, health, and the structure of the aid and development sector.
Work package lead
Work package lead
Project manager LASI