Informed by social psychological and economic theory, I use field experiments and natural experiments to study the nature and malleability of relations between groups, whether relating to religion, caste, politics, race, or gender. Three overarching questions guide my most recent work: What drives religious change, and how do such changes affect society? What moulds group divisions, and how can interventions bring groups together? What can we do to predict who discriminates, and how much are the effects of discrimination reduced by the discriminated sorting away from the discriminators?
- Distinguished Affiliate Award in Behavioral Economics, CESifo, 2019
- Undergraduate Teaching Assistant of the Year, MIT, 2018
- J-PAL Fellowship, MIT, 2015
- Kennedy Scholarship, 2012
- Adam Smith Tripos Prize, University of Cambridge, 2010
- Lowe, Matt. 2021. "Types of Contact: A Field Experiment on Collaborative and Adversarial Caste Integration." American Economic Review, 111 (6): 1807-44.
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