Eeshani Kandpal is an economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Her research focuses on the conceptualization and measurement of core welfare. Key areas of work include measuring and estimating the effects of peer networks on household decision making, quantifying the impact of conditional cash transfers on non-targeted households, exploring alternative bases of poverty thresholds in welfare space, as well as developing and applying locally tailored measures of female empowerment. Eeshani has a PhD and MS in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA in Economics and Classics from Macalester College, Minnesota. She was born and raised in India.