Professor Pramila Krishnan

Fellow in Economics

Pramila Krishnan began her academic life as an econometrician working on models of self-selection before seeing the light and moving on to work in development economics. Her research has concentrated on applied microeconomics and she has worked on topics ranging from household portfolios of poor households, to risk-sharing, intra-household allocation and informal insurance, social networks, non-cognitive skills and whether migrants might be both rich and happy.

Research interests

Professor Krishnan's research focuses on three areas: the implicit costs to households in variety in consumption of poor transport links within developing countries; the importance of limited attention in decisions over consumption; the impact of national resources on incentives for good governance.  Other ongoing work includes examining the relationship between cognitive ability and risk and time preferences amongst adolescents and evaluating interventions that affect adolescent girls’ decisions on marriage and reproductive health. The research relies on innovations in the use of large-scale data: this ranges from longitudinal surveys, purpose-designed surveys that imitate quasi-natural experiments to scraping data from the Internet and the use of satellite measurements of economic activity. 

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