Rakesh Banerjee, Ph.D., is the Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences. His research focuses on the intersection of health, the environment and institutions in developing countries. Banerjee’s previous research has examined the effects of extreme weather events on child health and the role of public policies in moderating those effects. He also has studied the structure of village-level local governments in developing countries and their role in the delivery of public goods. Banerjee is currently studying parental responses to their children’s early life health endowments. Banerjee received his B.Sc. in economics from the University of Calcutta, an M.A in economics from the Delhi School of Economics and a Ph.D. in economics from University of Southern California.