I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. My research is at the intersection of international trade, development economics, and political economy with a focus on water resource management and climate change problems. In my work, I use a combination of theoretical and empirical methods to study the economic causes and consequences of interstate and intrastate conflicts.
My job market paper examines how water scarcity can trigger conflict between upstream and downstream riparian countries using a game-theoretical model while testing the results empirically using nonlinear binary models. The rest of my dissertation focuses on the relationship between trade policies and conflict. In one paper, I investigate the role that trade policies play in inducing organized interest groups to take dovish or hawkish stands via lobbying to influence their government’s foreign policy in conflict-prone areas. In another paper, I study the impact of climate change and trade liberalization in agricultural products on food availability and civil strife in developing countries.
My future work will focus on the relationship between climate change and water scarcity, on one hand, and interstate, intrastate, and interpersonal conflicts in developing countries, on the other hand.