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

Third year economics graduate student, Ruchi 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.