Noor Sethi

Agricultural and Resource Economics | UC Berkeley

I am a PhD candidate in Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) at UC Berkeley. My primary fields of interest are development, public finance, and political economics.

I seek policy-motivated research. My current explorations include:

  • Optimizing the structure of centrally administered, large-scale cash transfer programs apriori in developing country contexts; and

  • Understanding the extent to which private industry money impacts congressional voting and buys policy influence in the United States.

Prior to joining the UC Berkeley community, I studied economics and mathematics at Smith College, and I worked as a research analyst at Innovations for Poverty Action.

I am always thrilled to connect with prospective PhD students, particularly prospective applicants to ARE. Please don't hesitate to reach out.


Field Experience

In other words: the people, places, and chance adventures that bend and sway our minds, shape what we study and how we write about it, but rarely make it past the acknowledgements page.

  • Busia, Kenya | Innovations for Poverty Action

  • Dharamshala, India | Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development

  • Córdoba, Argentina | Ciudadanos 365

Research Assistantships


Environmental Economics
Graduate Student Instructor, Fall 2020, Spring 2021 & Fall 2022 | UC Berkeley

Statistics and Econometrics
Teaching Assistant, Fall 2017 & Fall 2019 | Bard College

Teaching Assistant, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, & Fall 2014 | Smith College

Workshop for New Graduate Student Instructors

  • Workshop leader, Spring 2020, Fall 2021, Spring 2021, & Fall 2022 | UC Berkeley

  • Workshop participant, Fall 2020 | UC Berkeley