I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics at University of Maryland, College Park.

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.

At UMD – College Park, my research has been 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) and the World Bank. I work as a consultant at the Africa Gender Innovation Lab at the World Bank. Previously, I worked 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: mehrab@umd.edu