Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, New York University
Saravana Ravindran is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at New York University. His primary research interests are in development economics, health economics, and the economics of education. Saravana has previously worked for the Financial Access Initiative at New York University, and the Institute for Financial Management and Research, India, on projects related to poverty and financial access. He holds an MSc in Economics and BSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics.
His latest research focuses on health in developing countries. In a long-term impact evaluation of India's flagship early childhood development program, he shows that early-life health interventions can have long-term impacts on adult health, education, and labor market outcomes. In a separate project, he also studies how access to mobile banking can have adverse health impacts on migrants in Bangladesh, consistent with pressures to work longer hours and increase remittances.
Recent work by Saravana Ravindran
Mobile money makes transfers easier, increases rural consumption and reduces poverty, but places pressure on migrant workers to increase remittances