About AMIE

AMIE was co-founded by Priya Mukherjee and Nishith Prakash with the vision to identify and address group-based or other outcome disparities for junior scholars in the economics profession. They come up with the idea to start this initiative informally  while both were visiting scholars at Boston University's Institute for Economic Development during 2018-19. It wasn't until 2020, with the support and encouragement of students, peers, and advisors, that they decided to create AMIE.

Priya Mukherjee is an assistant professor at the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and is an affiliate of the Center for South Asia.

Born in Wellington (Tamil Nadu) and raised in New Delhi, India, she earned a B.A. (honors) in mathematics from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University (India), an MSc in economics from the London School of Economics (London, UK), and a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). She was previously an assistant professor at the William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA), and a Visiting Scholar at Boston University.

Prof. Mukherjee’s primary research interests include development economics, education policy, political economy, and health.

Her interests lie in political economy, education, and health, and she utilizes both field experiments and non-experimental methods in her work. Her current research projects are based in India, Indonesia, and Bangladesh, and include studies on the impact of democratization and decentralization, improving state capacity, understanding education markets, and more recently, investigating the effects of the pandemic on the wellbeing of children and women.

priya mukherjee
Priya Mukherjee


Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison

founder Nishit Prakash
Nishith Prakash


Associate Professor of Economics, University of Connecticut

Nishith Prakash is an associate professor of economics with a joint position with the Department of Economics and the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Born and raised in Bihar, India, he earned a B.A. (honors) in economics from Shivaji College, an M.A. in economics from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University (India), and a Ph.D. in economics from University of Houston, TX. He was a post-doctoral research associate at Cornell University, NY from July 2010 till December 2011. He has previously held Visiting Assistant Professor positions at Ohio University, and Dartmouth College, and he has been a Visiting Fellow at Yale University, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Boston University. Professor Prakash is currently a fellow with the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School (2019-2021).

He is a Research Fellow at Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), HiCN Households in Conflict Network (HiCN), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Network Researcher, Global Labor Organization (GLO), and Member of Insights on Immigration and Development (INSIDE-SPAIN). He is also currently serving in the Editorial Board of the journal Economies.

Prof. Prakash’s primary research interests include development, political economy, public policy, economics of education, and behavioral economics. Throughout his academic pursuit, Prof. Prakash has focused on the relationship between government policies and economic development and harnessed rigorous empirical evidence to study the impact of policies and institutions in enabling inclusive growth. He has experience in conducting surveys in developing countries, working with large-scale observational and administrative data sets, and conducting field experiments (RCTs). Prof. Prakash has worked closely with Department of Education (in Bihar, Nepal, Zanzibar, and Zambia), the State Police (in Bihar, and Telangana), the Ministry of Home Affairs (Government of India), and the World Bank. His teaching interests include Development Economics, Applied Econometrics and Economics of Gender and Inequality.

Professor Prakash’s research has featured in The Economist, World Bank Development Impact Blog, World Economic Forum, Financial Times, Forbes, The Statesman, The Atlantic, The Indian Express, The Hindu, The Times of India, and other national and international newspapers.