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Devika Lakhote

PhD Student

Originally from Mumbai, Devika Lakhote completed a BA in economics with distinction from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

Following graduation, Lakhote worked at MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in Bangalore, India, where she contributed to experiment and survey design, field implementations, high-quality data collection, data processing, and analysis. In this position, she worked with Professors Arun Chandrasekhar and Emily Breza on research in social network theory. More recently, Lakhote was a predoctoral research assistant at Stanford University’s Institute for Economic Policy Research, working with Professors Arun Chandrasekhar and Melanie Morten.

At The Pearson Institute, Lakhote hopes to utilize her scholarship to explore new ideas and work on them in order to pursue a career in development economics. Her initial research questions center around urban development in India. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Marathi.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.