About

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I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Please view my Curriculum Vitae for more details.

In July 2018, I received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Washington-Seattle, where Prof. Rachel M. Heath was my advisor. Previously, I received a M.Sc. in Economic Policy from the University College London, U.K., and a B.Sc. in Economics from Presidency College, Kolkata, India. 

Research: I am an applied microeconomist with a focus on labor and development economics. The central theme of my work is the impact of public policy on women’s lives in developing countries. Some of the issues that I currently work on are: Can guaranteed workfare programs reduce the effect of adverse income shocks on excess female mortality? How does access to finance affect marriage markets when financial transfers at the time of marriage are common? Are women more likely to choose their spouse if they have better job opportunities? Can better access to potable water affect women’s marriage outcomes and their status within the household? Is public policy better implemented in smaller administrative units or is gerrymandering the primary cause of new administrative boundaries? Please visit my research page for more details.

Teaching: At Rhodes College, I teach the introductory course in microeconomics and macroeconomics and an elective in Behavioral and Experimental Economics. Previously, at the University of Washington, I taught undergraduate courses in Intermediate Microeconomics for two years and Introduction to Microeconomics for two years. Additionally, I am eager to teach courses in econometrics, labor economics, development economics, gender and family economics, and political economy in the future. Please visit my teaching page for more details.

Email: sahaj@rhodes.edu; Mail: 221 Buckman Hall, Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112.