Daniel Bennett
Principal investigator, Leader

Daniel Bennett is an economist at the Center for Economic and Social Research at the University of Southern California. He studies economic development and global health in Africa and South Asia. Much of Dr. Bennett’s work examines the way that information affects individual health care decisions and the operation of health care markets. He also focuses on the influence of mental health on productivity and economic decision-making. Dr. Bennett’s work involves primary data collection and uses both experimental and quasi-experimental methods. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 from Brown University and spent eight years on the faculty at the University of Chicago.


Manuela Angelucci
Principal investigator

Manuela Angelucci is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan. She completed her PhD at University College London in 2005. Her main field is development economics.


Monisha Mason

Monisha Mason
Project Manager at IFMR

Monisha has been with IFMR LEAD for over 4 years where she worked and managed several large scale RCTs and short term studies on Financial Inclusion, Healthcare, Agriculture and Livelihoods. Before joining IFMR, she worked at an Advertising and Consulting Agency in Bangalore as a Project Lead. She managed projects in Education and Healthcare and developed a Sustainability Report for a major corporate. She has a Master’s Degree in Population and Development from the London School of Economics.

Alreena Pinto

Alreena Pinto
Research Associate at IFMR

Alreena works with the Centre for Microfinance at IFMR LEAD as Research Associate on a Mental Health and Productivity Evaluation based in Bangalore. At CMF, she has also been involved in various other RCTs and short-term evaluations for AKRSP (I) and The Banyan. She has field experience in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Chennai, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. Alreena holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai after which she worked as Research Assistant at the Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics on the EU-funded “NO POOR Project” studying the dynamics and dimensions of Indian urban poverty. She has previously interned with ToolBox India Foundation and Save The Children – India.

India Vision

Visual impairment, assistive technology and disability in India


Jinkook Lee

Work package lead



David Bloom

Work package lead



Prof. P. Arokiasamy
Indian Principal Investigator

P. Arokiasamy is Professor and Head of the department of development studies, InternationalInstitute for Population Sciences, and the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI) for the Indian collaborating institution, IIPS. His professional experience includes 27 years of teaching and research in demography, public health and development studies. He has coordinated or conducted major national research projects namely WHO sponsored World Health Survey (WHS) India, 2003-2005, National Family Health Survey (NFHS) round 3, 2005-2007 and, two waves of the Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE), wave-1 2006-2007 and wave-2 2015-16 (funded by WHO, Geneva).

He will lead the project team and will be overall responsible for technical and management aspects and implementation and completion of the project as per timeline. He will contribute to the development of the study design, scope, instrument, field implementation, analysis and preparation of reports.


Prof. S.K Mohanty
Co-Principal Investigator

Sanjay K Mohanty is a trained economist and demographer and Professor at the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai, India. Prof Mohanty has more than two decades of teaching and research experienceand guided several doctoral students in their maiden research work.Prof Mohanty teaches “Health Economics” and “Fertility Measures” at IIPS. His research interests include economics of health and health care, economics of ageing, multidimensional poverty and population dynamics. Prof Mohanty has authored more than 80 research papers in international and national peer reviewed journals. Currently, he is associated with the “Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI)”. Prof Mohanty was Visiting Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health during 2014-15 and C R Parekh Fellow at Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics between January in 2010. He was awarded the K.B. Pathakaward, 2009 by the Indian Association for Study of Population (IASP) and the P.N. Mari Bhat Award bythe Xavier Institute for Management (XIMB), Bhubaneswar)for his research work

Prof Mohanty will work as part of the PI team and will contribute to the study design, instrument development, training and implementation especially focusing on economic component of the study including evaluating the economic impact of vision intervention. 


Dr. Sarang Pedagaonkar
Co-Principal Investigator 

Dr Sarang is Assistant Professor at the department of Population Policies and Programmes, International Institute for Population Sciences. He has completed MBBS from Government Medical College, Aurangabad and MD in Community Medicine from TNMC and BYL Nair Ch. Hospital, Mumbai. He His professional experience includes more than 5 years of teaching and research in public health, epidemiology and demography. He is co- principal investigator of the Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI) and member of PI team for National Family Health Survey (NFHS) round 5, 2018-2019, and has completed National Family Health Survey (NFHS) round 4, 2015-2016. Dr. Sarang will work as part of PI team and will contribute to the health component including vision test and intervention of the study.

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