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Principal Investigators


Jishnu Das, is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group (Human Development and Public Services Team) at The World Bank and a Visiting Fellow at The Center for Policy Research, New Delhi.
He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Economics in 2001. Jishnu’s work focuses on the delivery of basic services, particularly health and education using market-level analysis. His work draws upon data collected in Zambia, India, Pakistan and Paraguay. His recent research focuses on child learning, the quality of health care, mental health, information and trust and, in 2011 he was part of the core team on the World Development Report on Gender and Development. In 2006, his work on religious education in Pakistan received the George Bereday Award from the Comparative and International Education Society. He also co-founded the website www.risepak.com to help coordinate relief in the aftermath of an earthquake in Pakistan in 2005, which was awarded the Stockholm Challenge Award (2006) for the best ICT project in the public administration category.


Alaka Holla is an Economist in the Chief Economist's Office of the World Bank's Human Development Network. 
Her area of research is focused on measuring the quality of service delivery, discrimination in access to services, and the relationship among prices, access, and quality in health and education markets. She is currently contributing to analytical work in Argentina, Cambodia, India, Nigeria, Serbia, and Tanzania. She holds a PhD in Economics from Brown University.


Michael Kremer is the Gates Professor of Developing Societies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Presidential Faculty Fellowship, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Kremer’s recent research examines education and health in developing countries, immigration, and globalization. He and Rachel Glennerster have recently published Strong Medicine: Creating Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases. He received his PhD in Economics from Harvard University.


Karthik Muralidharan is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego where he has been on the faculty since 2008. He earned an A.B. in economics (summa cum laude) from Harvard, an M.Phil. in economics from Cambridge (UK), and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard. He is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a Junior Affiliate at the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), a Member of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) network, an Affiliate at the Center of Evaluation for Global Action (CEGA), and a Research Affiliate with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). His primary research interests include development, public, and labor economics. Specific topics of interest include education, health, and social protection; measuring quality of public service delivery; program evaluation; and improving the effectiveness of public spending (with a focus on developing countries). Courses taught include undergraduate and graduate classes in development economics, program evaluation, and the economics of education


Research Coordinator


Anvesha Khandelwal, has a Masters in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and a Diploma in Sustainable Development & Research from the University of Barcelona. At CPR, as a Research Coordinator on the project, she is involved with the overall management of the project in India. She is closely involved in planning, designing and execution of the research. She manages the communication with vendors and state governments. Anvesha is also involved in replication of MAQARI in Cambodia. Prior to joining CPR, She spent 3 years with the Centre for Microfinance (CMF), where she was closely involved with a number of projects that covered microfinance and its linkages with health and health insurance, financial literacy, customer behaviour in a default scenario and peer selection in urban housing.




Monisha Ashok is a Senior Research Associate who has been with the project since its inception in 2009. Monisha spent two years in India managing the all India component of the study and is currently in Washington D.C. conducting analysis on the quality and availability of health care. She is currently a Masters in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She holds a BA in Economics and a BA in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.


Aakash Mohpal is a Senior Research Associate and Data Manager and has been with the project since 2009. He spent his first year in India, overseeing fieldwork for the all India component of the study and then shifted to Washington D.C. to become involved in the analysis of both the health and education components of the project. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He holds a BA in Economics and a BA in Spanish from Middlebury College.


  Prerna Mukharya is working as a Research Associate on the project, and managed the development of the website. She holds an MA in Economics from Boston University. Prior to joining the project, she worked as an RA at the Economics Department at Harvard and at MIT and did a short project at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).


Anand Shukla is working as a Research Associate on the project. He holds an M.Phil in Planning and Development from Humanities Department at IIT Bombay and an MA in Social Work from University of Delhi. Prior to joining the project, he worked as a Research Associate with Center for Microfinance (CMF). He has also served in Monitoring and Evaluation Cell at Seva Mandir in Rajasthan.


Team Members who worked with us in the past 

Project Coordinator (2009-2011)


Sreela Das Gupta, with an M.Phil in Population Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, has been working primarily on gender and reproductive health issues since 1993. In 2000-2001, she was awarded the US Government’s Hubert H Humphrey leadership fellowship for which she undertook MPH coursework at the Tulane School of Public Health, New Orleans, USA. Sreela has worked both with grassroots organizations and international agencies including CARE and ICRW (International Center for Research on Women), undertaking program design and implementation, research (quantitative and qualitative), M&E, capacity building, policy review and advocacy, and management. She is currently consulting with UN Women and the Centre for Policy Research on policy review and communications, and with MCH STAR (a USAID supported consortium) for technical capacity building with implementation partners.


Research Assistants (2009-2010)


Carl Jack Liebersohn graduated from Amherst College in 2009 with a degree in Mathematics and Economics. After leaving the project in 2010, he has been working as a Research Assistant at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC, in the division of International Finance. His current research focuses on bond and derivative markets, and the role of these markets in the European financial crisis.


Suzanne Plant currently works as a Research Analyst at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in Economics and Environmental Studies, she worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in the Emerging Markets section. She has a Master’s in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis.