Dr. Sowmya Dhanaraj

Dr. Sowmya Dhanaraj

Assistant Professor

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Ph.D. in Development Studies, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai. 2017

M.S. (by Research) in Financial Economics, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Madras. 2011

B.E. (Hons.) in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) – Pilani, Goa Campus, 2008.

Research Interests :

Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Dhanaraj, S., Paul C.M., Gade, S. 2019 "Household income dynamics and investment in children: Evidence from India", Education Economics, Forthcoming.

Dhanaraj, S., Mahambare, V. 2019. “Family structure, education, and women’s employment in rural India”, World Development, 115: 17-29.

Narayanan, S., Dhanaraj, S. 2018. “Child Work and Schooling in rural north India: What do time use data say about tradeoffs and drivers of human capital investment?”, Indian Journal of Human Development, 12(3): 378–400.

Dhanaraj. S., Mahambare, V., Munjal, P. 2018. “From Income to Household Welfare: Lessons from refrigerator ownership in India”, Journal of Quantitative Economics, 16: 573.

Dhanaraj, S., Gopalaswamy, A. K., Suresh Babu, M. 2017. "Trade, Financial Flows and Stock Market Interdependence: Evidence from Asian Markets", Empirical Economic Review, 7(1).

Dhanaraj, S., 2016. Effects of parental health shocks on children’s schooling: Evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India, International Journal of Educational Development, 49: 115-125.

Dhanaraj, S., 2016. Economic vulnerability to health shocks and coping strategies: evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India, Health Policy and Planning, 31 (6): 749-758

Dhanaraj, S., and S. Gade. 2013. Universal PDS in Tamil Nadu: Efficiency and Equity Dimensions, Journal of Social and Economic Development, 15(2).

Dhanaraj, S., Gopalaswamy, A. K., Suresh Babu, M. 2013. Dynamic interdependence between US and Asian markets: An empirical Study. Journal of Financial Economic Policy, 5(2), 220-237.

Non-technical Writings

The gender divide in urban mobility”, (with Vidya Mahambare), The Hindu Business Line, 3rd Nov 2018

With better and more accessible childcare, more women will join the workforce”, (with Vidya Mahambare), Hindustan Times, 14 Nov 2017.

Media mention:

"Great Indian Family doesn't help working women", Livemint, 19th Feb 2019.

The hidden truth behind India’s low refrigerator ownership”, The Economic Times, 24th Mar 2017.

Mathematical Statistics


Applied Econometrics

“Travel mobility and women’s employment outcomes in urban India”, jointly with Vidya Mahambare

“Intergenerational co-residence and adolescents schooling: Evidence from India”, jointly with Vidya Mahambare

“Intimate Partner Violence and Economic Status of Women in India”, jointly with Vidya Mahambare