Kalyan Kolukuluri is a PhD (Economics), Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. His PhD dissertation, looks at the efficacy of public insurance in smoothing consumption during episodes of health shocks. The setting of his study is in developing countries which traditionally lacked formal insurance. His thesis explores an interesting outcome of expansion of formal insurance, namely, strengthening of informal mechanisms, due to lower individual risk. His work also explores the impact of insurance coverage on health care use and positive health outcomes for dependent children. An underlying theme in his research has been to understand the interaction between public schemes and its beneficiaries.
His broad research interests lie in empirical evaluation of public support programs in various domains. Currently, he is engaged in the study of programs related to health and in empirically understanding the nature of risk and insurance for households.
Prior to his doctoral degree, he did his Master’s degree in Public Policy from SDA Bocconi, Italy and has an undergraduate degree in Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar. Post-his graduation, he worked in industry for five years.