I am an Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Economics, National University of Singapore (joint appointment with Yale-NUS College - Division of Social Sciences). I received my PhD from Bocconi University in Milan. I hold a bachelor's degree from University of Indonesia, and masters' degrees from The National University of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and The London School of Economics and Political Science.
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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