Shyam Gouri Suresh

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Shyam Gouri Suresh

Institution

Davidson College

ORCID more info

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6578-9880

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No associated github account.

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Research Interests

My research areas include International Economics (particularly the general equilibrium impact of factor mobility), Macroeconomics, Development Economics, and Agent-Based Computational Economics.

We build a theoretical model that integrates micro‐, meso‐, and macro‐level poverty traps, allowing us to analyze the ways in which multiple layers of poverty traps interact and reinforce each other. Through this simulation model, markets and institutions arise endogenously and help certain individuals escape poverty while others remain persistently poor. In addition to one’s own productivity and initial capital levels, we explore how individual opportunity and income can be heavily determined by market access and institutional factors beyond one’s control. Using simulation results from controlled experiments, we can identify the role played by meso and macro conditions (that correspond to local markets and country‐wide institutions, respectively) in helping individuals escape poverty. Our results suggest that even in a parsimonious model – with optimizing, forward‐looking agents operating in a world with only one trap at each level – local and national context matters immensely and combine to determine individual opportunity in complex ways.

We build a theoretical model that integrates micro-, meso-, and macro-level poverty traps, allowing us to analyze the ways in which multiple layers of poverty traps interact and reinforce each other. Through this simulation model, markets and institutions arise endogenously and help certain individuals escape poverty while others remain persistently poor. In addition to one’s own productivity and initial capital levels, we explore how individual opportunity and income can be heavily determined by market access and institutional factors beyond one’s control. Using simulation results from controlled experiments, we can identify the role played by meso and macro conditions (that correspond to local markets and country-wide institutions, respectively) in helping individuals escape poverty.

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