Urvashi is skilled in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, and economic modelling.
Urvashi joined BERL in 2021 as a Research Economist. She is experienced at using large micro datasets and applying economic thinking to analyse trends in data. She has worked and studied in a variety of cross-cultural settings and has a high degree of cultural awareness.
For her master’s dissertation, Urvashi studied how exporting and non-exporting firms differ in their use of formal and informal labour, and how labour regulation and unionisation influence these dynamics. She is particularly interested in social and policy related issues, having completed research projects in the fields of development economics, international trade and trade policy, labour economics, and industrial organisation.
Analysing and interpreting large datasets
An understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
Communicating technical information to a variety of audiences
High level of cultural intelligence.
Urvashi is currently working on projects surrounding migrant experiences and exploitation in New Zealand using data from the IDI.
In her spare time, Urvashi enjoys travelling to new places, spending time outdoors, reading and cooking. She is passionate about volunteering, and has volunteered with Girl Guides New Zealand and New Zealand Red Cross.