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Author: Sowmya Dhanaraj

Dr. Sowmya Dhanaraj

Dr. Sowmya Dhanaraj

Assistant Professor (On Leave)

Tel : (91) 044 - 22300304

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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


Curriculum Vitae

Peer-reviewed articles:

1. “The Political Budget Cycles in the presence of a Fiscal Rule: The Case of Farm Debt Waivers", Journal of Policy Modelling, Forthcoming (with Vidya Mahambare and Pragati Mittal)


2. “Women's challenging commutes in southern India: A case of the metropolitan region of Chennai”, Cities, Forthcoming, (with Vidya Mahambare)


3. Male Backlash and Female Guilt: Women’s employment, gender identity and partner violence in urban India”, Feminist Economics, 2022, 28:1, 170-198, (with Vidya Mahambare)


4. Family structure, education, and women’s employment in rural India”, World Development, 2019, 115:17-29, (with Vidya Mahambare)


5. "Household income dynamics and investment in children: Evidence from India", Education Economics, 2019, 27(5): 507-520, (with Smit Gade and Christy Mariya Paul)


6. From Income to Household Welfare: Lessons from refrigerator ownership in India”, Journal of Quantitative Economics, 2018, 16: 573 (with Vidya Mahambare and Poonam Munjal)


7. 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, 2018, 12(3): 378-400 (with Sudha Narayanan)


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


9. "Economic vulnerability to health shocks and coping strategies: evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India", Health Policy and Planning, 2016, 31(6): 749-75


10. "Dynamic interdependence between US and Asian markets: An empirical Study", Journal of Financial Economic Policy, 2013, 5(2): 220-237 (with Arun G and Suresh Babu M)


Peer-reviewed Book Chapters

1. “Women and work in urban India”, in India Development Report 2020, OUP, Forthcoming (with Vidya Mahambare)

2. "The Socio-economic profile of the state of Tamil Nadu", book chapter in Socioeconomic Profile of Rural India, Vol I: South India, For the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration for IAS training, forthcoming 2022 (with Vidya Mahambare)

3. "Gender Empowerment' in 'Sustainable Development Goals: An Assessment of the Challenge Facing Urban India' commissioned by Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai with support from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), forthcoming 2022

4. "Characterising the Indian Workforce in the 21st Century: Patterns, Heterogeneities and Policy Priorities" in "Indian Economy in 21st Century - Essays for Professor V N Balasubramanyam (Baloo)", Edited by Deb Kusum Das and Homagni Choudhury, Springer Publications, Forthcoming

  • Mathematical Statistics, 1st year graduate course, MA Economics

  • Econometrics, 1st year graduate course, MA Economics

  • Applied Econometrics, 2nd year graduate course, MA Economics

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods and Applications, 1st year PGDM (Research & Business Analytics))

  • Probability Theory, 1st year PGDM (Research & Business Analytics and Finance)

  • Statistical Modelling and Inference, 1st year PGDM (Research & Business Analytics and Finance)

  • Applied Multivariate Statistics, 2nd year PGDM (Research & Business Analytics and Finance)



  • Does the ‘plus’ component of conditional cash transfer work: Evidence from India on child health outcomes”, with Vibhu Jain and Vidya Mahambare

  • Sentiment analysis of budget speeches of India’s finance ministers: 1980-2020, with Akash Gupta and Vidya Mahambare

  • “Role of institutions in firm innovation: Evidence from India”, jointly with Vidya Mahambare and Suresh Srinivasan

  • "Political budget cycles in agricultural spending in Indian states", jointly with Vidya Mahambare and Madhumitha Srinivasan

  • “Female seclusion in India: A latent class analysis”, jointly with Vidya Mahambare and Sankalp Sharma

  • “Life trajectories of women workers in a textile in south India”, jointly with Vidya Mahambare