DIRECTOR AND LEAD RESEARCHER
Dr. Manisha Shah, Vice Chair and Professor of Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, is a development economist whose primary research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of applied microeconomics, health, and international development. Shah is one of the leading global researchers on the economics of sex markets, and also undertakes research focused on child and adolescent health and education. The goal of her research is to identify more effective policies and programs to positively impact health and education outcomes globally. Shah’s work spans multiple countries – including Tanzania, Indonesia, India, Ecuador, Mexico, and the United States – and has been supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the World Bank, and the National Science Foundation among others.