Misha Tseitlin ’21

Misha Tseitlin_2020

School of Public and International Affairs

Project Title

Data-Intensive Analysis of the Climate Water Crisis in India

Certificate(s): Neuroscience, Statistics and Machine Learning

I modeled the climate econometrics of commercial-loan sector behavior on agricultural loans throughout Karnataka, India, by analyzing a comprehensive data set of private and public financial loans. I mainly contributed to organizing, cleaning and interpreting existing data to generate a usable starting point for panel and spatial methods, leveraging nonlinear methods when working with binary outcome variables for loan status designation. These financial metrics were combined with various sociodemographic controls on caste, various social status markets such as government and military status, and gender to present a more holistic picture of the winners and losers in the commercial marketplace. These data and findings also were synthesized with rainfall data to deconstruct a highly granular relationship between extreme weather patterns and agricultural laborers in the largely rural Indian state. By generating visualizations, write-ups and models, I honed my econometrics skills and learned to cross-apply these methods to novel and highly relevant environmental challenges that affect some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Internship Year


Project Category

Water and the Environment


NITSAN Sustainable Development Lab, Tel Aviv University


Ram Fishman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University; Deepak Malghan, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore