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Research at St Andrews

Vibhor Saxena


Vibhor Saxena
Postal address:
School of Economics & Finance
The Scores
St Andrews
United Kingdom


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Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462438

Research overview

Vibhor’s field of specialisation is development economics. His research interests are based on broad range of issues of global south: energy, inequality, poverty, microfinance, gender, and demography. His research is focused on applied econometrics and he has employed several large datasets (unit level and aggregated) in his research. Vibhor is currently working on energy issues in India and Bangladesh and son preference in India and BRICs countries. He is also working on the impact of financial deleveraging on the households in the regions where formal credit markets do not exist.

PhD research projects available

1. Structural reasons for energy inequality and poverty at the household and firm level. For e.g. discrimination, accessibility, and affordability. 2. Outcomes of energy inequality and poverty at the household and firm level. For e.g., households face health problems and firms face constraints in producing output and creating jobs. 3. Microfinance provides cheap credit to households and firms where formal credit is unavailable or is costly in poor countries. I am interested in estimating evidence for or against microfinance, considering that cheap credit can increase indebtedness due to time inconsistent preferences. For developed countries, this includes payday loans and loan sharks and their effect on households. 4. Many cultures and countries, worldwide, show preference to have sons over daughters. This effects many socioeconomic outcomes, especially demographic. I am interested in estimating the structural reasons for son preference and its outcomes. 5. Two specific outcomes (with significant spill over effects across time and space) of gender inequality across the world are nutrition and education. I am interested in conducting policy oriented impact evaluation studies to study the effect of specific variable(s) on these two outcomes.

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