• KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

Accepting Postgraduate Research Students

PhD projects

1. Structural reasons for energy inequality and poverty at the household and firm level. For e.g. discrimination, accessibility, and affordability.
2. Outcomes of energy inequality and poverty at the household and firm level. For e.g., households face health problems and firms face constraints in producing output and creating jobs.
3. Microfinance provides cheap credit to households and firms where formal credit is unavailable or is costly in poor countries. I am interested in estimating evidence for or against microfinance, considering that cheap credit can increase indebtedness due to time inconsistent preferences. For developed countries, this includes payday loans and loan sharks and their effect on households.
4. Many cultures and countries, worldwide, show preference to have sons over daughters. This effects many socioeconomic outcomes, especially demographic. I am interested in estimating the structural reasons for son preference and its outcomes.
5. Two specific outcomes (with significant spill over effects across time and space) of gender inequality across the world are nutrition and education. I am interested in conducting policy oriented impact evaluation studies to study the effect of specific variable(s) on these two outcomes.

Personal profile

Research overview

Vibhor’s field of specialisation is development economics. His research interests are based on broad range of issues of global south: energy, inequality, poverty, microfinance, gender, and demography. His research is focused on applied econometrics and he has employed several large datasets (unit level and aggregated) in his research. Vibhor is currently working on energy issues in India and Bangladesh and son preference in India and BRICs countries. He is also working on the impact of financial deleveraging on the households in the regions where formal credit markets do not exist.

Research interests

Energy, microfinance, gender, applied econometrics, and development economics.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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