Amit is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Development Sociology. Amit’s work focuses on the connections between seasonal labor migration and local economic development in central India, spanning the fields of rural sociology, development economics and anthropology of labor. His broad research objective is to examine the linkages and tensions between the effects of non-farm employment on seasonal migrant worker households’ vis-à-vis the development of the local economy in rural Vidarbha. Amit will examine the effects of non-farm employment on the distribution of household expenditures in farm worker households’ and intra-household gender inequality. He believes that decisions on how money is spent, who benefits from the money, and its short- and long-term effects on household poverty are critical to understand the implications of non-farm employment. For carrying out his field research, Amit will primarily use the techniques of survey design and semi-structured interviews. Before coming to Cornell, Amit finished a Master’s in Agricultural Economics as well as Environmental Sciences from the Ohio State University (OSU), and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Technology from the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) in Mumbai.