ATAI Researchers are a select group of leading impact evaluation specialists in agriculture, the majority from J-PAL and CEGA networks.

ATAI is led by a Board of J-PAL and CEGA affiliates, supported by a staff “Secretariat.” To view the full list of our affiliates, see the organization websites for CEGA and J-PAL.

Asanga Nilesh


Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame

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A. Nilesh Fernando is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.  Prof. Fernando is a development economist whose research agenda focuses on understanding frictions in labor markets and the agricultural sector in the developing world. His current projects relate to migration, culture, structural change and technology adoption. Prior to this position at Notre Dame, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and an affiliate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS). He received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2015 and completed his undergraduate studies at Hampshire College.