Vidya Bharathi Rajkumar earned her PhD in the field of Applied Economics and Management from the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. Her research interests lie in the field of Development Economics and Public Policy, with a special focus on studying development issues through a gender lens. Her research at TCI focused on understanding the impact of male outmigration on the women left behind in India’s agrarian areas, with a particular focus on women’s empowerment on and off the farm. Prior to joining Cornell, Vidya worked with a team of economists headed by Dr. Sendhil Mullainathan on an impact evaluation study in Chennai, India, aimed at understanding the impact of chronic physical pain on productivity and cognitive function. Vidya holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Madras School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree from Stella Maris College at the University of Madras.