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I am a Ph.D. candidate in Finance at Miami Herbert Business School. I will be available for interviews during the 2022 AEA/AFA and FMA 2021 Annual Meeting.

My research interests include Financial Inclusion, Financial Intermediation, Community Banking, Macro-Finance, and Household Finance.

 

Before joining the Ph.D. program, I worked as an investment officer in a multilateral ESG focused private equity fund. Before that, I worked on deals arranging debt and equity for projects in the fossil fuel and renewable energy-based power generation sector.

Working Papers
 

Job Market Paper

Community Banking in the 21st Century Research and Policy Conference, 2021, Univeristy of Miami 2020

This paper estimates the elasticity of minority credit supply to deposit shares of Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs). Mortgage minority credit declines by 37% if a census tract loses MDI presence following an MDI-community bank merger. 1% increase in county market shares of such tracts leads to a 3% decrease in minority homeownership.  Tracts that physically lose an MDI -branch experience worse outcomes suggesting that disruption of minority banking relationships contributes significantly to the observed minority credit decline. To generate exogenous variation in minority-bank presence, I use an instrument based on within-county tract-level variation in exposure to the Community Reinvestment Act.

Chicago Financial Institutions Conference, Indian School of Business Summer Research Conference (2nd Prize),  Midwest Finance Association (MFA) Conference - 2021, University of Alabama, Micro-Economic Policy Seminar - George Mason University

Indraneel Chakraborty, Vidhi Chhaochharia, Rong Hai, Prithu Vatsa

For forty years, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) has encouraged U.S. banks to lend to lower-income neighborhoods. Regarding costs, to comply with CRA, banks substitute away from small-business lending to higher income groups and face higher default rates on loans made. Regarding benefits, a large number of Americans have been lifted out of poverty through the CRA small-business lending channel. New jobs in establishments and new entrepreneurship are equally strong mechanisms to alleviate poverty. The incidence of the act is on smaller banks who lend relatively more than larger banks. Taxpayers benefit from lower welfare expenses as poverty declines.