B.Tech. in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

M.A. in Economics, Paris School of Economics

Faculty Supervisor: Michael Greenstone

Aliya is a pre-doctoral fellow working with Professor Michael Greenstone on energy and environmental economics projects. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in economics from the Paris School of Economics. At PSE, her master’s thesis explored the impact of the Naxalite conflict in India on public-good procurement markets. She has also previously worked with Professor Greenstone and his co-PIs as a field RA at J-PAL South Asia. Her research interests lie at the intersection of environmental and development economics.

“My time at J-PAL South Asia – where I conducted fieldwork on a project that aimed to increase energy-utility revenue by providing performance incentives to employees – gave me tremendous insight into the mechanics of large government institutions, and convinced me to pursue graduate studies in economics. I was therefore delighted to be offered the opportunity to continue to work on this project, along with others, under Professor Greenstone’s supervision at EPIC. The fantastic peer group and intellectually challenging environment at EPIC make it the perfect place for me to strengthen my research skills and further explore my interests.”