Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Ruchi Mahadeshwar

PhD Candidate in Economics
Summer Fellow 2021
Project Title: The Impacts of Socioeconomic Mixing in Mumbai's Annual Public Housing Program

Ruchi Mahadeshwar is a PhD Candidate in Economics. Mahadeshwar was recently selected for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.

Ruchi's project focuses on the impact of introducing (fully-subsidized) HIV self-testing technology on sexual decision making in transactional sex markets. In particular, she is evaluating the change in women's income-risk trade off using data from a randomized controlled trial conducted in western Kenya from 2017-2020. 

Ruchi is also a CCSA summer fellow for her project studying the impacts of housing lottery policies on socioeconomic developments and integration in Mumbai.