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  • Senior Research Fellow

Bandyopadhyay, Sutirtha

Sutirtha is a visiting Assistant Professor in Economics at Indian Institute of Management, Indore.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Das , Sabyasachi Das

Sabyasachi is a Post Doctoral Fellow at Indian Statistical Institute in Delhi. My research interests are development economics and political economy.

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Chakravarty , Shoibal

Shoibal Chakravarty is assistant Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, his research is in energy and climate policy, energy-economics modelling and mode

  • Senior Research Fellow

Mahajan , Kanika

Kanika Mahajan  is assistant Professor in Economics at School of Liberal Studies in Ambedkar University, Delhi. I have obtained my Ph.D.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Gupta , Ridhima

Ridhima Gupta holds undergraduate and masters degrees in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi University) and University of Warwick respectively.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Datta, Ashokankur Datta

Ashokankur Datta is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, Shiv Nadar University. He completed his Ph.D. at the Indian Statistical Institute in 2012.

  • Junior Research Fellor

Krishnapriya, P.P.

Krishnapriya is a visiting Assistant Professor at the Centre for Research on the Economics of Climate, Food, Energy and Environment (CECFEE) of Economics and Planning Unit, Indian Statistical

  • Senior Research Fellow

Chaudhuri, Arka Roy

Lecturer-cum-Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Economics and Planning Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute in New Delhi.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Bishnu, Monisankar

Monisankar Bishnu is a faculty member at the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), New Delhi.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Das, Saudamani

Saudamini Das is NABARD Chair Professor at Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi and is a Fellow of South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Gudimeda, Harpriya

Professor Gundimeda Research Interests are: Green Accounting, Development Policy, Natural  resource  and environmental economics, Water resource Economics, Climate change, Environmental P

  • Senior Research Fellow

Somanathan, Rohini

Rohini Somanathan is Professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Afridi, Farzana

Farzana Afridi’s research interests lie in the areas of child development, gender, social identities and governance.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Mukhopadhyay, Abhiroop

Prof Mukhopadhyay’s research is in the economics of health, development and public policy. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Study of     Labor (IZA), Germany.

  • Center Director and Senior Research fellow

Kapoor, Mudit

Mudit Kapoor is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), New Delhi.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Ramaswami, Bharat

Professor Ramaswami’s research spans many areas of agricultural economics and economic development, including food security and policy.  He has served on committees advising the Gove

  • Research Associate

Somanathan, Eswaran

Eswaran Somanathan is a professor in the Economics and Planning unit, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Delhi.

Call for Papers for the Conference “Green transformation and competitive advantage: Evidence from developing countries”

Call for Papers for the Conference “Green transformation and competitive advantage: Evidence from developing countries” German Development Institute - Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Germany, 18-19 June 2018 For full information click here.

WCERE Pre-conference Workshop for women in Environmental Economics

EfD is arranging a pre-conference workshop for women in Environmental Economics, ahead of the 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE) 2018 in Gothenburg.  The purpose is to support and encourage early career women pursuing careers in the domain of EfD, which is environmental economics applied to policy questions in developing countries, especially in countries with EfD centers. 


Informal groundwater markets in India

Missing or imperfect markets in several economic sectors explain the reality of the economic problems in developing countries. A market failure in any sector can lead to inefficient allocation of resources and these failures are often resulted in an unequal distribution of income or wealth. 


EfD Annual Meeting 2017: Information for participants

This year the EfD annual meeting  will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from:  October 27-30, 2017. It is hosted by the Environment and Climate Research Center (EfD - Ethiopia) and the EfD Secretariat. The EfD annual meeting is a forum to bring together researchers from all EfD centers and their collaborators. EfD would also like to attract key stakeholders for exchange of research ideas. Updates for participants will be displayed here.


EfD India Annual Report 2017

The EfD India Report 2017 gives you an excellent overview of the centres´ achievements during 2017 ranging from interesting policy stories on how economic research is put to use around the world to collaborative research programs, a wide range of publications, and our academic capacity efforts. 


The Political Intergenerational Welfare State

Using a three-period overlapping generations economy framework, we characterize an intergenerational welfare state with endogenous education and pension under voting. We show that although politically establishing Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) social security in isolation in a dynamically efficient economy will always reduce the capital investment and therefore the social welfare as expected, in contrast politically implementing education-pension policy package instead can improve both human and physical capital accumulation and social welfare over laissez faire.


Dynamics versus optimization in non-convex environmental economics problems with a single welfare function

Economics has a well-defined notion of equilibrium. Unlike mechanics or thermodynamics, economics does not include explicit theories of dynamics describing how equilibria are reached or whether they are stable. However, even simple economics problems such as maximization of a welfare function might sometimes be interpreted as dynamics problems. Here we consider when dynamics is relevant to welfare optimization problems involving a single decision-maker, for example, a social decision-maker maximizing a social welfare function.


Women Political Leaders, Corruption and Learning: Evidence from a Large Public Program in India

We use the nation-wide policy of randomly allocating village council headships to women to identify the impact of female political leadership on the governance of projects implemented under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in India. Using primary survey data, we find more program inefficiencies and leakages in village councils reserved for women heads: political and administrative inexperience make such councils more vulnerable to bureaucratic capture. When using a panel of audit reports, governance improves as female leaders accumulate experience.


Why Are fewer married women working in rural India? A decomposition analysis over two decades

 Abstract In contrast with global trends, India has witnessed a secular decline in women’s employment rates over the past few decades. We investigate this decline in rural areas, where the majority of Indian women reside. Using parametric and semi-parametric decomposition techniques, we show that changes in individual and household attributes fully account for the fall in women’s labor force participation in 1987–1999 and account for more than half of the decline in 1999–2011.


Gender Differences in Health Expenditure of Rural Cancer Patients: Evidence from a Public Tertiary Care Facility in India

This paper investigates if there are gender differences in health expenditures and treatment seeking behavior among cancer patients and finds that the results are consistent with gender discrimination. Using a survey on rural patients suffering from cancer in a public tertiary health center in an Indian state Odisha, the study finds that expenditures on female patients are significantly lesser than those on males. Even after controlling for other covariates, in particular the type of cancer, demographic and socio-economic variables, 73% of the difference persists.


Global warming and local air pollution have reduced wheat yields in India

We use regression analysis on data from 208 districts over the period 1981–2009 to examine the impact of temperature and solar radiation (affected by pollution from aerosols) on wheat yields in India. We find that a 1 °C increase in average daily maximum and minimum temperatures tends to lower yields by 2–4% each. A 1% increase in solar radiation increases yields by nearly 1%. Yields are estimated to be about 5.2% lower than they would have been if temperatures had not increased during the study period.


Ecological Restoration and Livelihood: Contribution of Planted Mangroves as Nursery and Habitat for Artisanal and Commercial Fishery

Restoration of degraded and depleted mangrove habitats and planting of mangroves over coastal mudflats is happening at many places, but there are few studies that evaluate the flow of ecosystem services from these regenerated ecosystems. The state of Gujarat in Western India has planted thousands of hectares of mangroves over the coastal mudflats and, today, the state’s mangrove cover is nearly double that in the 1930s. However, these mangroves have limiting features: for example, these are mostly single-species, Avicenna marina, and are sparse, and lack freshwater supply.


Caste, Female Labor Supply, and the Gender Wage Gap in India: Boserup Revisited

The gender wage gap is notable not just for its persistence and ubiquity but also for its variation across regions and countries. A natural question is how greater workforce participation by women matters to female wages and the gender wage gap. Within India, a seeming paradox is that gender differentials in agricultural wages are the largest in southern regions of India that are otherwise favorable to women. Ester Boserup hypothesized that this is due to greater labor force participation by women in these regions.


Environment & Forests Book Chapter-India- Three Year Action Plan Agenda, 2017-18 to 2019-20

The Three Year Action Agenda, a NITI Aayog document, is based on extensive discussions with and inputs from the central ministries and State governments. The Governing Council of the NITI Aayog, consisting of the Prime Minister as its Chairperson and several Union Ministers and State Chief Ministers as Members, extensively deliberated on the document in its draft form at its meeting on 23rd April 2017. 


Educational Attainment and Learning in India, 2004–2012 Regional growth and sustainable development in Asia

The world’s population has doubled between 1960 and 2000 and is expected to rise further by more than two billion people by 2050. Asia will not only continue to be home to the largest share of world population, but it will also have the highest ratio of working to non-working population in the world in 2050. In this chapter we focus on one country—India—poised to be the largest individual contributor to the global working-age population of 15–64-year-olds over the coming three decades.