Dr. Resmaan Hussam is a post-doctoral research fellow in economics at Yale University. She is an MIT Economist and earned her both M A and PhD in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research interests are on development economics, health economics, behavioral economics.
Her latest work explores the role of habit formation in the adoption of health behaviors in the developing world. How do individuals engage with and cultivate positive health habits in high disease environments? Dr. Resmaan designs field experiments to disentangle the barriers behind low takeup (ex. high startup costs, limited attention, "irrational addiction," peer effects and social norms). She uses high-frequency sensor data to understand the patterns of behavioral change and examine whether temporary changes can persist through habit formation.