Prodyumna Goutam is an assistant policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He holds a master's in economics from the University of California, Davis and a bachelor's in economics (with a minor in mathematics) from Brandeis University. His research interests include education and health. In education, he has studied how peer group characteristics influence academic outcomes for students in India. In health, he has examined the relationship between women's property ownership and household fuel choice. A parallel interest is in causal inference using observational data. His work has been presented at the Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society and Northeast Universities Development Consortium Conference. In the past, he has held research associate positions at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, and at the INSEAD Abu Dhabi Campus. In addition, he has also worked as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Abu Dhabi.