Neha Raykar works as Lead Economist at PHFI. She has a PhD in Economics from University of California, Riverside. Thereafter, she has worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Colgate University, New York. Her primary field of research is development economics, more specifically in areas of health, education, poverty, and economics of household behavior in developing countries. Her past research includes: evaluating the impact of the Education Guarantee Scheme introduced in Madhya Pradesh in 1997 on women’s educational outcomes, an alternative approach to measuring attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, and estimating the causal impact of family size on female wages across 21 developing countries. Currently at PHFI she works on the Transform Nutrition Research Programme Consortium and Disease Control Priorities Network. Her current research includes: examining the impact of gendered governance on early childhood nutrition in India as well as across developing countries, evaluating the effect of a change in India’s family planning programme on fertility outcomes, and assessing the impact of food commodity price fluctuations on reproductive health and nutritional status. She is also on the editorial team of the India Health Report – PHFI’s bi-annual issue aimed at providing periodic assessment of health in India, with each issue focusing on a specific area of health challenge.