Senior Research Associate, J-PAL South Asia
Gaurav Saraf is a Senior Research Associate at J-PAL South Asia where he currently works on the 'Digitization of Agricultural Extension: A Randomised Evaluation of Mobile-based Advisory Services for Farmers in Odisha' study which aims to understand whether and how agricultural extension provided via mobile phones affects agricultural productivity and profitability among smallholder rice farmers in Odisha, India. The research is conducted in collaboration with Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD), a US-based NGO that delivers mobile-based agricultural extension services to smallholders in East Africa, West Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.
Prior to this, he has worked on 'The School to Work Transition' project which studied the effectiveness of Medha’s Career Advancement Bootcamp in increasing the employability of college students in India, particularly women, and 'The Value of Skill Assessments' project to understand whether skill assessment tests can improve the hiring decisions of the managers in India, remove recruitment biases, enhance worker productivity, and retention.
Gaurav completed his undergraduate degree in engineering from Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore. He aims to pursue a master's in public policy and promote evidence-based policymaking in developing economies.