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About Eeshani Kandpal

I am an Economist in the Poverty and Inequality team of the Development Research Group of The World Bank. My primary fields of research interest are development, demography, and public health.
In my research, I identify the effects of peer networks and program interventions on household decision making and child welfare, particularly on the worst-off portions of the population. In this research, I contribute to the recently growing literature on peer networks in developing countries by quantifying the impact of network-based learning and influence on female bargaining power and child welfare.
I also have secondary interests in food policy and political economy. For instance, my paper evaluating the Indian child nutrition program also examines the politics of program placement. In another working paper, my co-authors and I use game theory to revisit the efficiency redistribution hypothesis.
I earned my PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 2011. I have a Master's in Agricultural and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor's in Economics and Classics from Macalester College, Minnesota. I was born and raised in India.


Present Economist, Development Research Group, The World Bank, World Bank

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Research Interests

Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics and Microeconometrics, and Public Health

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