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Dr. Mukesh Ray

Dr. Mukesh Ray is a Research Associate in the International Development Division at IMPAQ International. Dr. Ray is an applied economist with expertise in international development, experimental economics, agriculture, and health economics.

Expertise

Dr. Ray has expertise in several impact evaluation methods, such as randomized control trials and other quasi-experimental methods. He also has considerable expertise in implementing lab in field experiments. Dr. Ray has diverse quantitative and econometric skillsets including panel data methods, cross-sectional data, and analysis duration analysis. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing quantitative surveys and was involved in designing and administering large quantitative surveys for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Food Security Policy program. Dr. Ray also worked on secondary data from nationally representative surveys of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) and used publicly available data from Climate Hazards Group to evaluate the impact of weather shocks on child health indicators in Malawi.

Prior Experience

Dr. Ray has previously worked with the International Food Policy Research Institute on large-scale studies for India on agricultural technology adoption and food security issues. He also has worked on Consortium General of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) projects as part of his graduate program. In addition, Dr. Ray has worked with the non-profit Navdanya in India where he designed and implemented several quantitative and qualitative studies on food security, land use change, and agriculture.

Education

Dr. Ray received a PhD in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics from Michigan State University in 2018. Prior to his PhD, he earned an MA in Climate and Society from Columbia University.

Previous Papers and Presentations

Ray, M. & Maredia, M. (2018, August). Legume Technologies as a Sustainable Solution to Climatic Shocks: Evidence from Malawi. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting, Washington DC. 

Ray, M., Weldezghi, T. & Maredia, M. (2017, August). Legume technologies and agriculture-nutrition linkages: Exploratory evidence from Uganda. Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab Grain Legume Research Conference, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Ray, M., Maredia, M. & Shupp, R. (2017, July). Risk Preferences and the Pace of Climate Smart Technology Adoption: A Duration Model Approach from India. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. 

Ray, M. & Maredia, M. (2016, November). Do Smaller States Lead to More Development? Evidence from Splitting of Large States in India. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Ray, M. & Maredia, M. (2016, November). A Duration Analysis Approach to Variety Change in Wheat Farms in Bihar, India. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Ray, M., Maredia, M. & Shupp, R. (2016, November). Risk Preferences and Adoption of Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies: Evidence from India. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Ray, M. & Maredia, M. (2016, August). Do Smaller States Lead to More Development? Evidence from Splitting of Large States in India. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Ray, M. & Maredia, M. (2016, August). A Duration Analysis Approach to Variety Change in Wheat Farms in Bihar, India. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Ray, M., Maredia, M. & Shupp, R. (2016, August). Risk Preferences and Adoption of Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies: Evidence from India. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Ray, M. & Simpson, B. (2014). Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change in the Sahel: Profiles of agricultural management practices. United States Agency for International Development (USAID) African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) Program.