Sam Asher

World Bank

Sam Asher is an economist at the Development Research Group (DECRG) at the World Bank. He is also an associate of the Center for International Development (Harvard University) and an affiliate at the Centre for Policy Research (New Delhi). He received my PhD in economics from Harvard University and was then a postdoctoral research fellow in the Economics Department and Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

Sam primarily works with high spatial resolution administrative and remote sensing data to better understand the spatial distribution of economic activity, growth and poverty in developing countries. With his coauthor Paul Novosad, he has assembled geocoded panel data covering the universe of Indian firms and individuals from 1990 to the present.