NBER research report co-authored by PhD candidate Prottoy Akbar makes the news in India.

An NBER working paper by PhD candidate Prottoy Akbar, a 2018-2019 Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, has recently received considerable press coverage in India. The paper, titled "Mobility and congestion in urban India" and co-authored with researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California Berkeley, and Tufts University, as appeared in The Times of India,, the Hindustan Times, and The Hindu, among other outlets. An excerpt from the latter:
Indian cities and towns, bustling with people, vehicles and narrow roads, are among the most congested urban areas in the world. But there are variations among them. How do these cities and towns rank by mobility — the ability to move from one location to another? Researchers Prottoy A. Akbar and others from various U.S. universities, in their paper titled 'Mobility and Congestion in Urban India', categorise cities on the presence (or absence) of a good road infrastructure and traffic congestion. Kolkata, Bengaluru and Hyderabad were found to be the slowest moving cities, while Ranipet (Tamil Nadu), Srinagar and Kayamkulam (Kerala) were found to be the fastest.