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  1. Women Political Leaders, Corruption and Learning: Evidence from a Large Public Program in India, with Vegard Iversen and M.R. Sharan, Economic Development and Cultural Change,forthcoming [accepted version]

  2. Social Networks and Labour Productivity: A Survey of Recent Theory and Evidence, with Amrita Dhillon and Swati Sharma, Indian Economic Review,forthcoming.

  3. Female Labour Force Participation and Child Education in India: Evidence from the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, with Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay and Soham Sahoo, IZA Journal of Labor and Development, April 2016.

  4. Social Identity and Inequality: The Impact of China's Hukou System, with Sherry Xin Li and Yufei Ren, Journal of Public Economics, 123:17-29, March 2015.

  5. Social Audits and MGNREGA delivery: Lessons from Andhra Pradesh, with Vegard Iversen, India Policy Forum,2014

  6. The Impact of School Meals on Student Participation in Rural India, Journal of Development Studies (Special Section on Impact Evaluation), 47(11): 1636-1656, November 2011.

  7. Child Welfare Programs and Child Nutrition: Evidence from a Mandated School Meal Program, Journal of Development Economics,92(2):152-165, July 2010.

  8. Women's Empowerment and the Goal of Parity Between the Sexes in Schooling in India, Population Studies,64(2): 131-145, July 2010.

  9. Can Community Monitoring Improve the Accountability of Public Officials? Economic and Political Weekly,Vol. 43 (42), 2008.

  10. Mid Day Meals in Two States: Comparing the Financial and Institutional Organization of the Program, Economic and Political Weekly,Vol. XL (15), 2005.

Book Chapters/Reports

  • Educational Attainment and Learning in India, 2004-12, with Bidisha Barooah in Batabyal and Nijkamp ed. Regional Growth and Sustainable Development in Asia, Springer, forthcoming.

  • Who Benefits from Public Sector Health Spending? Results of a Benefit Incidence Analysis for India, with Ajay Mahal, Janmejay Singh, Vikram Lamba, V. Selvaraju and Anil Gumber, The World Bank and The National Council of Applied Economic Research


  • Why Are Fewer Married Women Working in India? A Decomposition Analysis over Two Decades (with Taryn Dinkelman and Kanika Mahajan) (revise and resubmit)


  • The Mixture As Before? Student Responses to the Changing Content of School Meals in India (with Bidisha Barooah and Rohini Somanathan) (under review)


  • School Meals and Classroom Effort, (with Bidisha Barooah and Rohini Somanathan),International Growth Center Working Paper. (in preparation)

  • Information Provision and Learning Outcomes: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial, (with Bidisha Barooah and Rohini Somanathan),International Growth Center Working Paper. (in preparation)


  • E-symposium on the 10th anniversary of MNREGA, Ideas for India, 14 March 2016. [Download].

  • Social audit isn't enough, Op-ed, Indian Express, 22 January 2014. [Download].

  • We,the monitors, Op-ed, Indian Express, 30 July 2013. [Download].

  • Does political reservation for women improve programme delivery?, Ideas for India, 17 January 2013. [Download].

  • Food for thought: On the design of school subsidy programmes, Ideas for India, 06 August 2012. [Download].


  • MGNREGS social audit lessons from AP, Live Mint and The Wall Street Journal,20 March 2014. [Download].

  • Midday meals for schoolchildren in India: More good than harm, The Economist,20 July 2013. [Download].

  • Interview-India at LSE, IGC-LSE, 07 November 2012. [Download].

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