I am an Associate Research Fellow at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). I work in the the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division and divide my time between IFPRI’s DC and Dhaka offices.

I have carried out field experiments in developing countries to understand the behavioral barriers to hygienic practices in rural settings and the potential impact of innovative micro-finance contracts, business training and mentorship programs on entrepreneurial growth. My ongoing work includes studying the longer-term effects of an unconditional cash transfer (UCT) program on women’s agency in household decision-making through the use of lab-in-the-field experiments.

I received my PhD in Agricultural & Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, where my research was supported by a Dean’s Fellowship as well as the Bruce and Mary Ann Gardner Dissertation Enhancement Award. I have also received external research grants from DFID Private Enterprise Development in Low Income Countries (PEDL) , the International Growth Center and the World Bank.

I have worked as a consultant at the Africa Gender Innovation Lab at the World Bank and before that as a Research Coordinator at Innovations for Poverty Action.

I love hiking, playing football and trying out (usually, unsuccessfully) new tunes on my guitar.

You can reach me at: M.Bakhtiar@cgiar.org