Research

Publications

1. “Sex workers, Stigma and Self-Image: Evidence from Kolkata Brothels” (with Sayantan Ghosal, Smarajit Jana, Anandi Mani and Sandip Mitra), Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 104 (3): 431–448, May 2022

2. "Women's Inheritance Rights Reform and the Preference for Sons in India" (with Sonia Bhalotra and Rachel Brule), Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 146, pp. 1-15, September 2020

3. “Motivating Knowledge Agents: Can Incentive Pay Overcome Social Distance?” (with Erlend Berg, Maitreesh Ghatak, R. Manjula and D. Rajasekhar), Economic Journal, Volume 129, Issue 617, pp. 110–142, January 2019

4. "Hidden Human Capital: Self-efficacy, Aspirations and Achievements of Adolescent and Young Women in India" (with Matthew Morton and Shrayana Bhattacharya), World Development, Vol. 111, pp. 161-180, November 2018

    • World Bank Policy Research Working paper here

5. “Two States: A Comparative Analysis of Gujarat and Bihar’s Growth Performance Between 1981-2011” (with Maitreesh Ghatak), India Review, Special Issue on India's Economy: Growth, Governance and Reform, (ed.) Nirvikar Singh, Vol. 14:1, pp. 26-42, 2015

6. “Empowering Women? Inheritance Rights, Female Education and Dowry Payments in India”, Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 114, pp. 233-251, May 2015

7. “Did Gujarat Switch to a Higher Growth Trajectory Relative To India under Modi? A Rejoinder” (with Maitreesh Ghatak), Economic and Political Weekly, May 3, 2014

8. “Did Gujarat’s Growth Rate Accelerate under Modi?” (with Maitreesh Ghatak), Economic and Political Weekly, April 12, 2014

9. “Implementing Health Insurance for the Poor: The Rollout of RSBY in Karnataka, India” (with D. Rajasekhar, Erlend Berg, Maitreesh Ghatak and R. Manjula), Economic and Political Weekly, May 14, 2011

10. “Culture Clash or Culture Club: National Identity in Britain" (with Alan Manning), Economic Journal, Vol. 120(542), pp. F72-F100, February 2010

11. “Land Reform and Agricultural Productivity in India: A Review of the Evidence,” (with Maitreesh Ghatak), Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 23(2), pp. 251-269, 2007

12. "Chronic Poverty: A Conceptual Framework", VHAI Press, Voluntary Health Association of India, 2005; ISBN: 81-88973-85-8

Working Papers

"The Gendered Crisis: Livelihoods and Mental Well-being in India during COVID-19" (with Farzana Afridi and Amrita Dhillon), UNU-WIDER Working Paper 2021/65, April 2021; conditionally accepted at Feminist Economics

"Discriminatory Laws Against Women: A Survey of the Literature", World Bank Policy Research Paper 8719, January 2019

"Mothers and Daughters: Inheritance Reforms, Bargaining Power and Child Education in India" (coming soon)


Work in Progress

Enabling Access to Work Opportunities for Women in Manufacturing (with Farzana Afridi and Amrita Dhillon)

Disentangling Channels of Information Dissemination in Healthcare Delivery in Rural India” (with Erlend Berg, D. Rajasekhar and R. Manjula)

Disadvantage and Participation in Accountability Processes in Indian schools (with Sayantan Ghosal, Patricio Dalton, Seemanti Ghosh, Theo Koutemeridis, and Michele Schweisfurth)

Assessing the impact of a psychological empowerment programme to Women's Self-help Groups in West Bengal, India (with Sayantan Ghosal, Anandi Mani and Sandip Mitra)