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Author: Sowmya Dhanaraj

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


Curriculum Vitae




Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

 

1.    Male Backlash and Female Guilt: Women’s employment, gender identity and partner violence in urban India”, Feminist Economics, 2021, DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2021.1986226, (with Vidya Mahambare)

§  Media coverage:

Working women face more domestic violence, Sowmya Dhanaraj and Vidya Mahambare, The Hindu Business Line, Mar 5, 2021

Women who overturn gender norms face more violence in marriage: Study, Satviki Sanjay, IndiaSpend, Sep 30, 2021

Women who overturn gender norms face more violence in marriage: Study, Satviki Sanjay, The Business Standard, Oct 1, 2021

Women who upend patriarchal norms and exceed their husband's status face more violence: Study, Satviki Sanjay, Scroll.in, Oct 3, 2021

 

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

Media coverage: Great Indian family doesn't help working women, Rukmini S. The Mint. 19 Feb 2019

Working paper version: Family structure, education and women’s employment in rural India. WIDER Working Paper 2017/195. Helsinki: UNU-WIDER.

 

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

Working paper version: Household income dynamics and investment in Children: Evidence from India, Working Paper 177/2018, Madras School of Economics

 

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

Media coverage: The hidden truth behind India's low refrigerator ownership, Vidya Mahambare, The Economic Times, Mar 24, 2017

Working paper version: From Income to Household Welfare: Lessons from refrigerator ownership in India, Working Paper 199/2020, Madras School of Economics

 

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

Working paper version: Child work and schooling in rural north India: What do time use data say about tradeoffs and drivers of human capital investment?, Working Paper 157/2017, Madras School of Economics

 

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

Working paper version: Health Shocks and the Intergenerational Transmission of Inequality: Evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India. WIDER Working Paper 2015/004. Helsinki: UNU-WIDER.

 

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

Working paper version: Health Shocks and Coping Strategies: State Health Insurance Scheme of Andhra Pradesh, India. WIDER Working Paper 2014/003. Helsinki: UNU-WIDER.

 

8.    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)

 

Refereed 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.    "Characterizing 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

 

Media Writings

 

§  Modi govt schemes JSY, PMMVY work only if health workers do. See what data reveals”, (with Vidya Mahambare and Vibhu Jain), The Print, 21 Feb 2022

§  "Setting the tone: Differences of sentiments in budget speeches" (with Vidya Mahambare and Akash Gupta), The Mint, 18 Jan 2022

§  "Farm loan waivers are announced in election season. Karnataka worst offender", (with Vidya Mahambare and Pragati Mitta), The Print, 6 Jan 2022

§  What unites Bihar and Kerala young men? It has to do with jobs”, (with Vidya Mahambare and Sankalp Sharma), The Print, 22 Nov 2021

§  Do young Indian women work? Gujarat tops single working women, among lowest in married”, (with Vidya Mahambare and Sankalp Sharma), The Print, 16 Nov 2021

§  India’s new employment policy ought to focus on young adults”, (with Vidya Mahambare and Sankalp Sharma), The Mint, 15 Nov 2021

§  Has crop insurance helped Indian farmers? Many don’t get payments on time” (with Vidya Mahambare), The Print, 28 Oct 2021

§  India’s productivity challenge is especially steep in service sectors” (with Vidya Mahambare), The Mint, 26 Oct 2021

§  The difference education makes to what salaried earn in India” (with Vidya Mahambare), The Mint, 21 Sep 2021

§  Shifts and stagnancy in the caste profile of our asset rich and poor” (with Vidya Mahamabare), The Mint, 13 Sep 2021

§  Caste, income or mother? As primary schools reopen, we need to decide who gets extra support” (with Vidya Mahambare), The Print, 10 Sep 2021

§  TN unemployment due to skills mismatch” (with Vidya Mahambare and Sankalp Sharma), The Hindu Business Line, 4 Sep 2021

§  False notions of gender roles should be corrected early”, (with Vidya Mahambare), The Mint, 28 Jun 2021

§  "Kerala's poor is UP's rich - how access to basic services varies in Indian states" (with Vidya Mahambare), The Print, 24 June 2021

§  The effect of a state’s prosperity on disparity between groups”, (with Vidya Mahambare), The Mint, 14 Jun 2021

§  India’s disadvantaged are better off but not nearly enough” (with Vidya Mahambare), The Mint, 8 Jun 2021

§  What owning a bike in Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Bihar tells us about India’s asset poverty” (with Vidya Mahambare), The Print, 31 May 2021

§  A gender gap in ideals of weight reveals lack of progress” (with Vidya Mahambare), The Mint, 25 May 20201

§  "Tamil Nadu left Punjab, Bengal far behind. Here's what it needs to do now" (with Vidya Mahambare), The Print, 31 Mar 2021.

§  "Workers are moving off Indian farms, but where are they going?" (with Vidya Mahambare and Sankalp Sharma), The Mint, 25 Mar 2021.

§  "Working women face more domestic violence" (with Vidya Mahambare), The Hindu Business Line, 5 Mar 2021.

§  "Education levels of SC, ST, OBC rising. A new study looks at caste gap in jobs, income too" (with Vidya Mahambare and Sankalp Sharma), The Print, 9 Feb 2021

§  "Manufacturing or high-tech? This is what India's most prosperous states focus on" (with Vidya Mahambare and Sankalp Sharma), The Print, 9 Feb 2021

§  "In ‘progressive’ Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, only 1 in 5 young urban women in paid work” (with Vidya Mahambare and Sankalp Sharma), The Print, 27 Jan 2021

§  "More young urban Indian men appear to be studying longer, not looking for jobs: New research," (with Vidya Mahambare and Sankalp Sharma), The Print, 20 Jan 2021.

§  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.

  • 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)

MANUSCRIPTS UNDER REVISION

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

§  Are India’s farm debt waivers an opportunistic political tool and how do they impact government finances?”, jointly with Vidya Mahambare and Pragati Mittal, R&R 

§  “The effect of city morphology, transport infrastructure, and gender on commuting mobility” jointly with Vidya Mahamabare, Madhumitha Srinivasan and Anita Christopher, Submitted

§  "Do three-generational households invest less in children's education? Evidence from rural India" jointly with Vidya Mahambare, Submitted

  • "The grandparents' effect on grandchildren's education: Evidence from rural India", jointly with Vidya Mahambare, Submitted

WORK IN PROGRESS

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

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

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

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

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