Samuel Asher is an Economist in the Sustainable Development Team of the Development Research Group. He is also an associate of the Center for International Development (Harvard University) and an affiliate at the Centre for Policy Research (New Delhi). After receiving a PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 2013, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Economics Department at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
His research involves using high spatial resolution administrative and remote sensing data to better understand the spatial distribution of economic activity, growth and poverty in developing countries. He and his co-authors have assembled geocoded panel data covering the universe of Indian firms and individuals from 1990 to the present. These census datasets allow researchers to ask questions about the impacts of economic changes and government policies at highly local levels, and examine heterogeneity to a degree that is typically not possible with sample surveys.