I am an Assistant Professor at Yale-NUS College in the Division of Social Sciences (joint courtesy appointment with Dept. of Economics, National University of Singapore). I received my PhD from Bocconi University in Milan. I also hold a bachelor's degree from University of Indonesia, and master's degrees from The National University of Singapor's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and The London School of Economics.
My research fields are economic development and political economy with particular emphasis on understanding how culture, religion, and social identity influence economic and political outcomes.
In my dissertation, I study the impact of Islamic culture on female labor force participation and democratization using a principled approach to causal identification and novel, innovative ways to turn difficult-to-measure cultural phenomena into hard data. My research has received generous funding from the Roberto Franceschi Foundation, the LEAP-Bocconi, and J-PAL Southeast Asia. I received the UniCredit Econ Best Job Market Paper Award during my attendance at the European Job Market for Economist in December 2020.
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